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There has been an Incident where two Badgers were found dead on the road leading to CF Fertilizers next to Ince Marshes. The badgers had injuries which are possibly consistent to badger baiting.
If you should see any suspicious activity in the area or areas where badger sets are located, please call 101 to report the incident to the Rural Wildlife Team.

Badgers and the law

The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 protects badgers and their homes (setts) from international cruelty and from the results of lawful human activities such as building developments.

Under the Act it is an offence to
Interfere with a badger sett intentionally or reckless by;

  • Damaging a sett or any part thereof
  • Destroying a sett
  • Causing a dog to enter a sett
  • Wilfully kill, injure, take or attempt to take a badger
  • Cruelly ill-treat a badger
  • Use badger tongs in the course of killing or attempting to take a badger
  • Dig for a badger
  • Use for the purpose of killing or taking a badger any firearm other than a smooth bore weapon or not less than 20 bore or a rifle using ammunition having a muzzle energy not less than 160 foot pounds and a bullet weighing not less than 38 grains
  • Sell or offer for sale or control any live badger
  • Mark, tag or ring a badger other than one which is lawfully in their possession by virtue of such licence

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