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Concerns over illegal snares

PUBLISHED: 13:03 08 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:07 03 July 2010

CONCERNS have been raised about the use of snares in the Stalham area.

PC Stuart Doe, a wildlife officer with Stalham Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), said he was worried about reports a cat had returned home after being caught in an illegal snare, which was still attached to it and had to be taken to the vets for treatment.

CONCERNS have been raised about the use of snares in the Stalham area.

PC Stuart Doe, a wildlife officer with Stalham Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), said he was worried about reports a cat had returned home after being caught in an illegal snare, which was still attached to it and had to be taken to the vets for treatment.

He said: “It must be remembered that when using snares that the DEFRA guidelines and the legal requirements of using snares must be adhered to.

“I have recently been made aware that snares have been placed on land that is not suitable due to its use by domestic pets. Some of the snares used were illegal as they were not free running and not self locking, and must have a fixed stop about 5ins from the eye.

“The guidelines also state a snare is for restraining rather than killing, and they must be checked before 9am and again in the evening.”

In his role, PC Doe gives advice on ilegal shooting or poaching and cruelty, the legal responsibilities of land owners, egg collecting, dangerous or unsuitable pets or live stock, shoot, and vermin control, the list is endless.

Anyone who has information or concerns about wildlife issues should phone their SNT on 0845 4564567.

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