Scottish Animal Welfare Commission - trapping of terrestrial wild mammals using snares: position paper

A position paper from the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission (SAWC) on the live trapping of terrestrial wild mammals and using snares for lethal control in Scotland.

Non-target species

The capture of non-target species may result in their death and/or significant injury (19). The proportion of non-target species caught in snares set for foxes has been estimated as ranging from 21% to 69% (20). Recorded non-target species include cats, dogs, sheep, and protected wildlife, such as badgers, mountain hares, pine martens, hedgehogs, birds, otters and deer (21). The release of apparently uninjured non-target animals from snares is not without welfare concerns as they may have sustained muscle damage (exertional rhabdomyolysis) and/or pressure damage (ischaemic necrosis) of tissue, which may not be obvious for several days and require medical care (22) (23).




The Scottish Animal Welfare Commission Secretariat
Animal Health and Welfare Team
P-Spur, Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh EH11 3XD

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