Dead badger lying in Welsh road© Graham Harries/REX

Farmers and landowners are being asked to report dead badgers in Wales to help tackle bovine TB.

As part of the Welsh government’s battle against TB, badgers found dead throughout Wales are being collected and examined for signs of the disease. The survey will continue for at least the remainder of 2015.

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Christianne Glossop, chief veterinary officer for Wales, said the survey would provide useful information on M bovis infection in badgers.

It is hoped the survey will help the industry better understand the relationship between bovine TB infection in badgers and cattle.

“It will also give us more information of the epidemiology of the disease,” said Dr Glossop.

“The results will be used to help us develop policy at both local and national levels.”

“If you find a dead badger, please report it to help us in the fight against bovine TB. It is important that members of the public do not handle any dead badgers or interfere with a carcass in any way.”
Rebecca Evans, Wales’ deputy minister for food and farming

Rebecca Evans, Wales’ deputy minister for food and farming, said: “As we approach the spring, badger activity will increase and it is more likely that badgers will be killed on our roads.

“Individuals are also more likely to come across a dead badger while enjoying the countryside.

“If you find a dead badger, please report it to help us in the fight against bovine TB. It is important that members of the public do not handle any dead badgers or interfere with a carcass in any way.”

The Badger Found Dead survey within the north Pembrokeshire Intensive Action Area is continuing as normal.

Dead badgers can be reported to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) on 03003 038 268.