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. Record the incident using our Snarewatch report form.


Scottish SPCA
Animal Helpline 03000 999 999

England and Wales

Cruelty line 0300 1234 999

Northern Ireland

Animal Information Line 028 3025 1000, caller ID required


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A landowner in Llandysul, Wales found a snared fox which had been caught in a fence on her land.

She explained it was an extremely distressing discovery as her land is a nature reserve where animals should have protection.

The local police wildlife liaison officer inspected the snare and took the view that it was free-running and legal, although it had become twisted. On inspection it was found that the snare was not attached to an anchor. It appeared likely that the fox had been snared elsewhere and had managed to pull away with the wire tightly attached to its leg, before becoming tangled in the wire fence where it was found.

The landowner was relieved that the snare had probably not been set on her land, where people regularly walk their dogs, but expressed concern about the consequences of setting snares anywhere and the prolonged suffering of this fox.

Type of snare



Llandysul, Wales


March 2019

Photographic evidence


snared fox

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