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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The RSPCA in Wales believe the wire snare broke best practice guidelines and may have been illegal.

The fox was freed from the snare, which was set at the foot of a tree and according to the RSPCA, was in breach of the Welsh Government’s voluntary code of best practice.

The animal charity was called to a country road in a rural area west of Cardiff where they found the snare entwined around the fox’s abdomen and back legs.

The fox was freed using pliers and later released unharmed back into the wild after veterinary checks.

Type of snare

Possibly illegal


Cardiff, Wales


December 2019

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