Walked a morning route with indy for the last 4 plus years. This year a couple of white plastic paint tubs, suspended on sticks appeared, they have a spout at the bottom. They have grain inside and seemed to arrive with an influx of pheasants. OK bird feeders. These are placed next to road and paths.
So half 6 the other morning very dark indy doing what she does best routing out the rabbits, birds and deer with the attitude that if shes up everyone is up. Next thing I hear a little what I now realise is a metalic sound followed by indy yelping. Now she is a hard dog (life on the streets as a stray) and wimps at very little. It being a very dark morning I followed the cries to find indy, close to a white plastic bird feeder, stuck in what, at first thoughts were brambles. This is not her style she just ploughs through normally.
Feeling round her I found the snare wire round her front leg unhitched her and off she went fortunately unharmed. Went back in the daylight and am now the proud owner of the snare operating mechanism, couldn't get the wire out of the ground. Close to the snare was 2 bales of hay and a dead pigeon in between as the bait, guess they are after foxes.
I have 2 questions;
1 Are snares still legal in France, interestingly it hasn't been checked for a couple of days so what ever got caught in the trap was not going to have a pleasant end.
2 If they aren't legal should I report it to the marie bearing in mind its a very rural area and most of the blokes that work for the marie are hunters.
OK I Lied 3 questions. Do you think the bird feeders are related to the snare or is that just the hunters fattening the birds and the farmers hunting the foxes.
This is not a dig at hunters, personally I don't like it but its what they do and in the main do it legally and properly.