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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The badger was caught in a snare which had been set in a fence and hedgerow next to Tilbrook Road.

The animal had been spotted by a local dog walker who contacted the RSPCA and reported it as 'poorly'. The dog walker also contacted the Bedfordshire Badger Group as he didn't have the facilities to release the animal himself.

One of the BBG team arrived at the scene and found the badger - a juvenile male - to be caught in the snare, covered in mud, in a deep puddle in the field. The animal was still alive but in poor condition.

After gaining permission to access the field from the landowner, the BBG team member discovered that the snare was tied to the fence on the field side and was pulling tight on the badger's neck. He stated:

"The snare was difficult to release and remained tight on [the badger's] neck.

"The snare was kinked and beginning to rust in places."

The badger passed away shortly after he was released.

The incident was reported to the police and the landowner denied any knowledge of the snare. There was no evidence of when or who set the snare so the case was closed.

Type of snare



Tilbrook, Cambridgeshire


February 2021

Photographic evidence


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