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


Watch Bill Oddie in Snares Uncovered

The RSPCA rescued a fox after it was caught in a snare in Teesdale.

The trap had caught the fox by his mouth and he was covered in flies.

The RSPCA said the trap had been set legally but it was on a public right of way and may not have been inspected recently – which is required by the code of practice. They thought the fox may have been trapped for some time.

The animal was in distress and was rushed to a local vet for a thorough examination. The vet confirmed the wound was superficial. The fox had parasites so was cleaned up and given treatment.

Type of snare



Barnard Castle, County Durham


September 2020

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