Snares and badgers

Boris is a year old badger that just over a week ago got himself in a bit of a predicament.

A very thoughtful member of the public contacted Oxon Badger Group about a badger that had been caught in some wire.

It turned out that the badger was actually caught in a snare.

badger in snare

Photo credit – Oxon Badger Group

Unfortunately snares are not illegal, and are used to catch mainly foxes and rabbits. Snares are designed to capture the animal alive for the owner of the snare to return and kill it. Many animals suffer badly in snares in their panic to escape.

Also many ‘non target’ animals get caught in snares including badgers, cats and dogs.

The League against Cruel Sports has a campaign against snares which you can read here.  https://www.league.org.uk/snares

The Wildlife Crime Unit are dealing with this.

Luckily for Boris, he was rescued by members of the Oxon Badger Group and another kind individual, and rushed to Tiggywinkles Animal Hospital.

badger ready to go to Tiggywinkles

Photo credit – Oxon Badger Group

Tiggywinkles did a fantastic job of looking after Boris, who had injuries around his chest from the snare.

After a week of antibiotics and painkillers Boris was free to be released. I was very lucky to be there when he went. It all happened so quickly. As soon as the lock was lifted, he pushed open the door  himself and ran off in to the undergrowth.

ready for release

Good luck Boris and stay safe

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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5 Responses to Snares and badgers

  1. Very lucky badger who has rasied awareness of the evil of snares. Thank you for sharing a badger story, that could have gone horribly wrong, with a happy ending.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ramblingratz says:

    One lucky badger in the end. I hope snares get banned.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Helen White says:

    Lovely ending to the story. Am passionate about Badger’s so am glad to hear other people care so much about them too.

    Liked by 1 person

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