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