A BADGER is likely to have suffered a slow, painful death after being caught in an illegal snare.
The trapped animal broke free and ran off after an animal welfare inspector went to its aid.
The Scottish SPCA was alerted to the badger’s plight by a member of the public who spotted it caught in an illegally set snare in the Glen Loin area, near Arrochar, Argyll, last month.
The charity is appealing for information about the incident and is now calling for an outright ban on the use of snares in Scotland.
An investigation into the incident on 8 August was launched after the alarm was raised, but enquiries to date have not provided any leads.
The Scottish SPCA is now appealing to the wider public for assistance. Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, “When we were alerted to the badger our officers immediately attended to try to help it. “However, when they arrived the badger had broken free and made off with the snare still attached around its neck. “It’s highly likely that the badger will have crawled off somewhere to die a very slow and painful death. “We are regularly alerted to incidents such as this of non-target species being caught in snares including badgers, deer and domestic animals including cats and dogs. “This highlight how completely indiscriminate snares are. While snaring continues, suffering will continue and that is why we are in favour of an outright ban on the use of snares in Scotland.” Anyone with information relating to this incident should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999. Information is treated in strict confidence and can be left anonymously.