Campaign group confirms snares in Savernake Forest
A campaign group has confirmed the risk of snares to dogs in the Savernake Forest – and has confirmed it erected signs warning dog walkers about the peril.
Last week, Marlborough News Online reported that the National Anti Snaring Campaign had erected signs around the forest:
“Warning, snares in Savernake Forest. Please be aware that snares have been set in this forest which pose a danger to pets.
“Dogs have already fallen victim, and we are asking you to assist us by reporting any sightings.
“So far most snares have been placed on fence lines. Snares are a wire noose mainly designed to catch foxes, but are cruel and indiscriminate.”
Today (Monday) the group confirmed it had erected the signs after finding fresh snares.
Simon Wild, spokesman for the National Anti Snaring Campaign said: “We have put posters up warning of snares in Savanake Forest after further snares were discovered.
“We received a call from the gamekeeper for the area promising to remove these ‘old snares’. However, we asked him for a written undertaking that the estate will not be setting snares in the future, and this has not been forthcoming.”
Snares – which are used to protect game birds from foxes - are not illegal, although their use is controlled under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Gamekeepers must be able to check traps every 24 hours, so tethering a snare to something that can be dragged by an animal - such as a log - is illegal.