A snaring incident is the latest in a long line of badger persecution incidents reported to The Wirral & Cheshire Badger Group since the start of the badger cull here in Cheshire.

Fortunately, on this occasion, the snare was empty. All the sett entrances had been blocked except one, this had a snare set just inside with the intent to trap a badger. This would inevitably result in an slow & painful death.

Britain is one of only a few European countries where snares are still used. Most countries in this part of the world recognise that these devices have no place in modern society. *Badgers are protected by law, the badger act 1992 clearly states that it is an offence to take, injure, willfully kill, injure, attempt to kill, injure or take a badger.

**Although snares are set for specific target species, anecdotal and scientific evidence indicates that in practice they are indiscriminate. In 2005, the report of the UK Independent Working Group on Snaring (IWGS) set the proportion of non-target captures between 21% and 69% in the UK.

Jane Cullen, Chair of The Wirral & Cheshire Badger Group said, “It is alarming the rate of incidents relating to illegal badger persecution that we are receiving, this tells us that it is on the rise and has been since badger culling started back in September 2017. Reports of shot badgers and incidents of badger baiting are all on the increase, so too is sett blocking. All very disturbing especially at this time of year when badgers have dependent young below ground. We urge the public to report anything suspicious to the police and to their local badger group.”

Wirral & Cheshire Badger Group
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