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'It's ridiculous' - Farmer pleads for badger control after lambs’ heads bitten off

A Scottish sheep farmer has called for badger numbers to be controlled after having several of his lambs’ heads bitten off.  


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Farmer pleads for badger control after lambs’ heads are bitten off

Graham Poyser, from Aberdeen, issued the demand after reading about Wyn Jones’ terrible ordeal losing 115 lambs to foxes.

 

“We have had the same trouble with badgers every year for 20 years”, Mr Poyser said.

 

“We have seen them at it. They have got into the lambing shed and ripped the heads off half a dozen lambs.

 

“I know another local chap, he had two ewes trying to lamb. A badger tore the stomach out of one ewe. He went to the police station to ask if it was OK to shoot the badgers and was told ‘on no account must you shoot them’. It is ridiculous.”

 

Mr Poyser said the problem had become much worse since badgers were made a protected species.

 

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“There is a plague of badgers up here, nobody shoots them”, he added.

 

“I suspect there is not enough natural feed for them so they are looking for other things. We need to do something about it. We do not want to wipe them out but we need to get the numbers back to where they used to be when gamekeepers were doing their job.”

 

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The farmer’s call came as RSPCA Cymru demanded a ban on snares in Wales after a badger was killed.

 

The badger was found with a snare wrapped tightly round its body near Brecon, Powys, alongside other snares.

 

RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said: “This snare would have caused the poor badger slow and agonising pain. RSPCA Cymru will continue to campaign against the use of snares in Wales.”


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