Found a snare?

If there is a live animal in the snare call the relevant animal welfare charity. We do not advise trying to release an animal yourself as the animal could be injured and require medical attention. Record the incident using our Snarewatch report form.


Scottish SPCA
Animal Helpline 03000 999 999

England and Wales

Cruelty line 0300 1234 999

Northern Ireland

Animal Information Line 028 3025 1000, caller ID required


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If you discover what you believe to be an illegal snare, you should contact the local police, and try to provide the exact location where the snare or snares were seen, with a map reference if possible.

Many police forces have special wildlife crime officers. Check the website of your local police force, where details about the wildlife crime officer may be shown. You can also ring your local police station using its usual non-emergency number and ask to speak to the Wildlife Crime Officer.  As with all other reports, you should ask to be given an incident number for reference in future.

If you do not wish to give your name you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They will pass on details about wildlife crime to the correct police force. Calling Crimestoppers is free on a landline, will not appear on your phone bill and their promise of anonymity has never been broken.

The police number you need to call will depend where you are in the UK. For more information see:

Find a police force  (England and Wales)

Report a wildlife crime in Scotland

Police service of Northern Ireland

National Wildlife Crime Unit


Tel: 0800 555 111

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