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.
Animal Helpline 03000 999 999
Cruelty line 0300 1234 999
Animal Information Line 028 3025 1000, caller ID required
Record the incident using our Snarewatch report form
If you have any concerns about the use of snares, anywhere in the UK, you can share them with us on the SnareWatch website.
You can tell us if your pet was caught in a snare, report findings of animals trapped in snares, raise concerns about possible illegal misuse of snares or simply let us know if you’re worried about snares you have seen in a particular area. More about SnareWatch...
A man walking in the Highlands near Garve, Wester Ross, was warned by the local gamekeeper that there were snares in the area. The walker had his two dogs with him and local dog owners reported that the gamekeeper tried to keep people away because of the snares.
Signs were erected across Rowberrow Warren in North Somerset warning members of the public to keep to the public rights of way and keep dogs on leads as there was fox snaring taking place.
"I was walking my dogs on some moorland when one of them was snared, until this happened I was unaware of them. Once I freed my dog I decided to retrace my way back to 'safe territory' and in doing so became aware of 2 more snares all within a 40 foot square area with a good chance of more outwith this zone.
A walker found a fox caught in a snare set on a fence line on what appeared to be a regular wildlife track. The snare was caught around the animal's left front leg as well as its neck, on which a superficial wound could be seen.
"In Britain .. a country which likes to be known as a Nation of Animal-Lovers - our wild animals are still being shockingly abused. To change attitudes to these innocent creatures - to put protection in place to safeguard them from cruelty - is a long haul. Based in Edinburgh, OneKind campaigns constantly to make these changes - to move us towards truly civilised treatment of animals in the UK.
In 2011, a prime focus of OneKind's activity is to bring to an end the despicably cruel practice of setting snares for wild animals - which cause them a slow and appallingly painful death. Thousands of snares are set every year, by land owners who make fortunes from tourists who shoot to kill for fun. It's time to put the brakes on this unjustifiable barbarity. Please help OneKind end the cruelty of snares."
Dr Brian May, CBE