Badgers are one of our most shy and elusive mammals so their interactions with humans are often difficult. Always approach a possibly injured badger with great caution and do not attempt to touch it.
When to Help
|A badger out during the day|
|Badgers are strictly nocturnal so one out in daylight or one which can be easily approached is likely to be in trouble.|
|A badger which has been hit by a car or attacked by a dog|
|The animal will need to be assessed and treated for injuries.|
|A badger with an obvious injury.|
|If the badger has a visible wound or injury such as a damaged leg it is going to need help.|
|A badger caught in a snare or fence.|
|A baby seen on its own for some time.|
|Baby badgers normally stay in the sett so if it is above ground there may be a problem. Observe before intervening and call a wildlife rescue for further advice.|
Capture, Containment and Care
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PICK UP OR TOUCH A BADGER, EVEN A BABY!
For advice concerning baby badgers please see our baby mammals page.
Badgers have incredibly powerful jaws and very large, sharp powerful claws. They can and will inflict a serious injury if not handled properly. If you have found a badger in need of help you must seek assistance from an experienced wildlife rescue. Do not attempt to capture the animal yourself.