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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We are adding each of the SnareWatch reports into a geographical area within the United Kingdom, so at some point in the near future these reports will be subdivided into categories. For now they are listed together in date order.

Eight-year-old cat Disco arrived home in Whitnash. Leamington Spa, after being missing for ten hours.  He was still partially caught in an illegal snare.

Cat had neck injury and owner also reported that the cat lost weight. The cat survived.

Eight snares were set on natural animal tracks yards from public tracks where possibly a dog could walk into them.

This is a small square piece of woodland with a large stink pit in it. Snares set along a fence line have been closed, although they should be removed.

Inside this woodland is an active stink pit with about seven snares set around it. There were no animals in these snares at the time of discovery.

A snare line was active and ran the width of the woodland with about twenty snares set. Just by the snare line a dead fox had been thrown over a tree stump.


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