Check snares alert af­ter grue­some find

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

Farm­ers are be­ing urged to check snares on their land reg­u­larly.

It comes af­ter a walker dis­cov­ered a de­com­pos­ing cat in one of the traps on a farm near Cree­town.

Po­lice wildlife crime li­ai­son of­fi­cer Alan Steel said: “They are per­fectly le­gal but any­one who uses them has to com­plete a course and they are given a num­ber of tags spe­cific to the species they wish to snare.

“They are used for ver­min con­trol for foxes and bad­gers. They have to be checked once ev­ery 24 hours but we are find­ing that game­keep­ers and peo­ple in that pro­fes­sion do it more of­ten be­cause there is such a spot­light on it just now with more peo­ple us­ing the coun­try side.

“In Dum­fries and Gal­loway we find there a lot of old snares be­ing dis­carded and quite a few are be­ing found by walk­ers.”

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