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A rabbit died after it was caught in an illegal snare on the outskirts of Wallyford.

A member of public was out walking near the village when they saw the rabbit in the snare about two metres from a public path about 150 metres from Futures Way.

The rabbit sustained injuries and was under stress and suffering.

The Scottish SPCA were alerted and later reported the incident to Police Scotland.

The injured animal did not survive.

Wildlife officer PC Steven Irvine explained that while some snares could be used in the countryside, this particular type (pictured below), a self-locking snare, was illegal.

He said: “The photographs are of the actual snares seized, which are self-locking illegal snares.

“A number of years ago, people would have used these to catch rabbits, however, these snares are now illegal to set in Scotland and any persons setting or using these snares, should stop immediately as this is an illegal act.

“Anyone wanting to set snares legally as part of land management must have successfully completed a recognised snaring training course, register themselves with Police Scotland and comply with the requirements within the Wildlife and Countryside 1981 Act.

“All snares should be free running, contain stops to prevent severe injury and have tags with the operators ID number displayed on them."

Police in East Lothian were appealing for witnesses following the finding.

PC Irvine added: “I would encourage all members of the public who are out walking in the countryside and see these types of illegal snares to report them to Police Scotland via 101 or making a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Type of snare



Wallyford, East Lothian


February 2021

Photographic evidence

Reported in the Edinburgh Reporter.


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