Police issue appeal after 'evil' snare kills wild otter
Police have appealed for help in tracking down the culprit who
set a snare that killed a wild otter.
from Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntspill near
Burnham-On-Sea, were called out by the Environment Agency last
week to rescue an otter caught in a snare at Bleadon Sluice gates.
crudely-made snare, pictured here, had trapped the otter around
its middle, and a response driver had difficulty in rescuing it
as it was a full grown male weighing 8.7kilos.
animal was taken to Quantock Veterinary Hospital where the snare
animal at first appeared to not have suffered severe injuries,
but sadly it then deteriorated and died within 48 hours, most
likely due to internal bleeding.
at Secret World say that from the position and the size of the
snare it would appear to have been set deliberately to catch an
otter, and a stake had been driven in to the mud to secure the
World Founder Pauline Kidner told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
is such a waste to see an otter in prime condition killed by a
thoughtless person with had no qualms in setting the evil device
that has caused pain and trauma to this wild creature."
just dont understand why its possible for anyone who
wants one to buy a snare that can be set either legally or illegally."
legally, a free running snare loosens when the animal relaxes,
but it can also be set illegally as a self-locking snare, so then
every time the animal pulls against it the snare gets tighter
and tighter, causing horrendous wounds and eventually killing
snares are indiscriminate cats and dogs have been caught
up in them too. We think snares like this should be banned."
with information regarding the setting of the snare should contact
Burnham Police by calling 101 and asking for the local Wildlife
Liaison Officer PC Peter Wills.