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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.


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Snaring reports

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.

A snare was discovered by a member of the public in Blairgowrie, sparking fears that someone was deliberately targeting animals, including beavers.

The member of the public — who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal — discovered the trap and slammed those responsible, saying it was “absolutely vile”.

The person said: “I go on a lot of nature walks and I was out exploring the area when I came across two of the traps.

“I called the police and they came and took them away.

“It makes me very angry. It’s animal cruelty and it’s absolutely vile.

“They aren’t protected the way otters are but it doesn’t matter — a trap like that is disgusting.

“It could quite easily harm any large animal like a badger but it could also be someone’s dog.”

The person said they believed the snare they found was a self-locking device.

Police Scotland was approached for comment but had not responded at the time of going to press.

Type of snare



Blairgowrie, Tayside


March 2017

(Source - Evening Telegraph)

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