Fears over badger baiting
03 Feb 2004 - BBC News
are investigating reports that a gang of badger baiters are
operating in County Durham.
Two setts have been dug up near Bishop Auckland and wildlife
campaigners fear others may be targeted.
The Durham Badger Group, which monitors the badgers' habitat,
have reported both incidents to the police.
Badgers are protected and even interfering with their setts is
The Group's project officer, Peter Robinson said: "They have been
dug - the main chambers have been dug into and quite possibly
Mr Robinson said the badgers would be taken for illegal badger
baiting and could be taken anywhere in the country.
He said if the group was alerted about badger baiting they could
work on anti-digging measures like reinforcing with steel or
Police wildlife liaison officer Inspector George Ledger said he
would be working with the badger group to tackle the problem.
He said: "It is a recordable crime and police will investigate
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