National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff in Tipperary are appealing to the public for information after a substance toxic to badgers was found at the entrance to a known badger sett.
The incident took place last month in an area north of the village of Carrig in North Tipperary. The discovery was made by Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) personnel who came across a number of apples at a badger sett entrance that contained an unidentified substance. The Regional Veterinary Lab in Athlone identified the material as one that is highly toxic to badgers and this incident is being treated as a premeditated attempt to poison a protected wild animal.
NPWS are appealing to anybody with information regarding this incident to come forward. Badgers are protected under the Wildlife Acts 1976.
Members of the public can contact NPWS confidentially at the NPWS Regional office 01-5393199 or email [email protected].