SnareWatch is an information-sharing and reporting facility about snaring in the UK.

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.

Scotland

Scottish SPCA
Animal Helpline 03000 999 999

England and Wales

RSPCA
Cruelty line 0300 1234 999

Northern Ireland

USPCA
Animal Information Line 028 3025 1000, caller ID required

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Snaring reports

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.

Badger suffered an “indiscriminate and cruel” death in snare in Wales

RSPCA Cymru called for snares to be made illegal in Wales after a badger suffered an “indiscriminate and cruel” death.

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‘Snaring’ signs found in hare habitat in Cambridgeshire

A resident of Barway in Cambridgeshire was concerned to find a sign warning of snaring in operation on land she believed was habited by hares.

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Cat loses leg after being snared in Pontefract

A cat owner described how her cat returned home with a snare attached to her leg.

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Dead ‘de-gloved’ rabbit found in snare near bridle path in Maidenhead

A Maidenhead resident found a dead rabbit in a snare which was set near a bridle path on Ascot Road, Holyport.

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Pet dog struggled to breathe while trapped in snare in Norfolk

A dog was caught in a snare less than 20 yards off a road in a rape seed field in Aylsham, Norfolk. The snare was set in a track made by tractor wheels.

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Concerns raised after discovery of ‘cruel’ animal snares in Tayside

Concerns were raised by wildlife experts over the discovery of “barbaric” snares in Tayside woodlands.

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Scottish SPCA issued appeal after fox caught in snare

Animal welfare officers called on the public to contact them if they think a snare has been set illegally after a fox in Midlothian had a lucky escape.

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Two badgers killed by snares in Warwickshire

Wildlife crime officers were investigating after two badgers were illegally killed by snares in Broadwell, Warwickshire.

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Cat killed in snare in Hartlepool

Sapphire the cat went missing from his home in Bridgepool Close area of Hartlepool.

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Snares found near badger run in Wiltshire

A dog walker found snares which were set near a badger run in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

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Dog snared in Cornwall

A small dog narrowly escaped choking to death in a snare which was set near a spa in Winnards Perch in Cornwall.

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Badger killed in snare in Pembrokeshire

A young badger was found dead with a snare around its neck in Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

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Dog injured where snares found in Durham

A dog in Quarrington Hill, Durham went missing for six days then returned home with a serious wound to her leg.

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Snares found in North Warnborough

Snares were found on farmland in Cholsey, North Warnborough.

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Cat snared in Woodthorpe, York

A cat arrived home with a snare around his neck in the Woodthorpe area of York.

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RSPCA warning as badger is freed from snare

A badger had a lucky escape after being rescued by RSPCA Cymru, it has been reported.

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Cat snared in Cumbria

A cat was caught in a snare in Yewbarrow Woods, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria.

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Snares set on walking path in Scottish borders

Snares were discovered by walkers on a path in Lugate Water valley.

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Cat snared in Derbyshire

A cat escaped serious injury from a snare in Derbyshire.

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Cat snared in Sheffield

A cat owner described how her pet was injured in a snare in Sheffield.

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Illegal snares used in Dumbarton

The Scottish SPCA appealed for information after reports of illegal rabbit snares being used in the Renton area of Dumbarton.

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Numerous snares and fox carcasses discovered in Sheffield

A resident in Sheffield discovered 25+ snares along a path in Ewden Coppice, Sheffield.

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Walker snared in Peak District

A walker got his foot caught in a snare on the side of Bleaklow in the Peak District.

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Dogs in danger from snares in Cambridgeshire

A dog walker was warned of the presence of snares near a farm track in Cambridgeshire.

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Badger found trapped near Marlow Common

While walking her dog in woods near Marlow Common a woman discovered a badger trapped and struggling to free itself, with flies buzzing around the wound on its neck.

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Cat loses leg after being caught in snare in Conwy, Wales

RSPCA Cymru appealed for help to find the owner of a cat believed to have got caught in a snare in Conwy.

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Cat caught in snare in south Yorkshire

A cat in South Yorkshire returned home with a snare attached to its body.

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Northampton pensioner set snares to capture neighbour's cat

Michelle Batchelor's long haired cat Lilith had become wrapped up in the snare which was set in her neighbours garden. She found the terrified cat crying in pain.

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Illegal snares set near primary school in Renfrewshire

Illegal snares were set next to Bridge of Weir Primary School.

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Fox found snared in Northumberland

A Northumberland resident discovered a young fox caught in a snare near the edge of Threestoneburn wood.

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Snare found in East Lothian

A snare was set near a path in the Lammermuir hills, east Lothian

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Cat caught in homemade snare in Peterborough.

A cat owner was shocked when her pet 'George' returned to his home in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough with a tight wire snare wrapped around his neck.

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Cat injured in snare on Jersey

A vet described how a cat brought into his practice with a snare around its neck suffered horrific injuries.

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Cat injured in snare in Ayrshire

A cat arrived home for the second time with a snare around her neck.

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Cat loses claws in homemade snare in Edinburgh

An investigation was launched after a cat was injured in a home-made snare in Edinburgh.

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Pet lurcher caught by snare in Bury St Edmunds

A pet lurcher was trapped in a snare by her front paw for four hours.

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Snare found by walkers in Munslow, Shropshire

A snare was found in a wooded area popular with walkers in Shropshire.

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Dog caught in snare in West Sussex

A dog was caught by the neck in a snare which was set in a field close to a bridle path in West Sussex.

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Badger killed in snare in Weston-Super-Mare

Carers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset discovered a badger at the side of a road.

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Jack Russell caught in snare in Kirkcudbrightshire

A dog walker found his pet Jack Russell caught in a snare near Borgue in Kirkcudbrightshire.

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Wildlife killed in snares in County Antrim

Wire snares were found in a field on Glenstaughey Road in Ballintoy, Co Antrim.

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Snare set close to badger sett in Wales

A resident in Wales found a snare set close to badgers setts on farmland.

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Cat caught in snare in Yorkshire

A cat survived being caught in a snare in North Yorkshire.

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Fox snared in South Lanarkshire

A fox was found struggling in a snare in South Lanarkshire.

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Spaniel snared in Essex

A cocker spaniel narrowly escaped death in a snare in Essex.

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Pet dogs rescued from snares in Kent

Two pet dogs were trapped in snares in Egerton, Kent.

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Snares found near footpaths in Durham

Numerous snares were found near footpaths at Barnard Castle, close to Barningham village in Durham.

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Cat has lucky escape from snare in Lowestoft, Suffolk

A cat owner described how her pet had a lucky escape from a snare near her home in Lowestoft:

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Foxes suffer in snares on Glenogil Estate, Angus

Two foxes were caught in snares on the Glenogil Estate in Forfar, Angus, both had been trapped around their abdomen.

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Fox left to die painfully in snare in Pontarddulais woodland

Residents expressed their upset and shock at the discovery at the forest, which is part of Coed Bach Park.

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Latest snare reports

Badger suffered an “indiscriminate and cruel” death in snare in Wales

RSPCA Cymru called for snares to be made illegal in Wales after a badger suffered an “indiscriminate and cruel” death.

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‘Snaring’ signs found in hare habitat in Cambridgeshire

A resident of Barway in Cambridgeshire was concerned to find a sign warning of snaring in operation on land she believed was habited by hares.

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Cat loses leg after being snared in Pontefract

A cat owner described how her cat returned home with a snare attached to her leg.

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