Interference and vandalism of traps and snares in Scotland, 2014/15
In 2014 the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC Scotland) was commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake a study to attempt to identify the level of interference or vandalism affecting the legitimate use of traps and snares in Scotland. This study was launched by a BASC press release on the 19th February 2014, supported by six other land management organisations in Scotland.1 The study ran from the 1st April 2014 to the 31st March 2015, though some reports relating to incidents that took place in February and March 2014 are also included.
The press release referred to the meeting of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on the 27th November 2013 when Paul Wheelhouse, then Minister for Environment and Climate Change said, in reference to interference with traps and snares:
“We do not have statistical evidence of the issue; we have only anecdotal evidence and suggestions from people that that might happen. Hopefully, the work that BASC will do, with Government support, will help to define how big the problem is, if, indeed, it is a problem at all.”
The intention of the work was to establish the extent of the problem involving the interference and vandalism of traps and snares by encouraging the reporting of such matters to both Police Scotland and to BASC.