Call for ‘evil’ trap ban after otter dies

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 September 2015

The otter in a casualty pen at Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

The otter in a casualty pen at Secret World Wildlife Rescue.


A CASH reward for information has been issued following the death of an otter, after it became caught in a ‘horrendous’ trap near Weston-super-Mare.

Rescuers from animal charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue were called by Environment Agency officers to a sluice gate in Bleadon, where they found the animal trapped in a snare.

The otter was taken to a veterinary hospital but despite appearing in a stable condition at first, it suddenly deteriorated and died two days later. It is thought the otter died from internal bleeding.

According to Secret World rescuers, the snare appeared to have been deliberately placed to catch otters and a stake had been driven into the mud in order to secure it.

Secret World’s founder Pauline Kidner said: “It is such a waste to see an otter in prime condition killed by a thoughtless person who had no qualms in setting the evil device that has caused pain and trauma to this wild creature.

“Set legally, a free-running snare loosens when the animal relaxes, but it can also be set illegally as a self-locking snare. Every time the animal pulls against it the snare gets tighter and tighter, causing horrendous wounds and eventually killing the animal.

“These snares are indiscriminate – cats and dogs have been caught up in them too – and we think they should be banned.”

A £300 reward for information about what happened to the otter has been offered by the UK Wild Otters Trust.

Anyone with information regarding the setting of the snare should call 101 and contact wildlife liaison officer PC Peter Wills.

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