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 young fox trapped in a snare near Fishguard in Wales was rescued and released by RSPCA in Wales.

The animal welfare charity was contacted after a member of the public found the fox trapped in a snare on a public footpath in the Gwaun Valley, near Llanychaer, on 6 October 2019.

The snare had been set at the base of a tree – which is not compliant with the Welsh Government’s voluntary code of best practice on the use of snares.

The fox was very distressed, but RSPCA officers were able to remove the snare without the need for sedation. The fox was taken to the RSPCA wildlife specialist centre, and following a period of rehabilitation, was then released near to the original incident location a few days later. He had sustained an injury to his back legs which healed following treatment.

Type of snare



Fishguard, Wales



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