Badgers are one of our most shy and elusive mammals so their interactions with humans are often difficult. Chances are if you can get close to one, something is seriously wrong.

Always approach a possibly injured badger with great caution and do not attempt to touch it.

When to seek rescue help

A badger out during the day

Badgers are strictly nocturnal so one out in daylight or one which can be approached is definitely 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 an obvious wound or damaged leg for example, it's going to need help.

A badger caught in a snare or fence

Never try to cut the animal free yourself, just call a rescue urgently.

When to take other action

A baby badger on its own

Baby badgers usually stay in the sett so if it's above ground, there may be an issue. Observe before intervening and call a wildlife rescue for advice.

A dead badger

Your local badger group will appreciate reports of dead badgers as these help them locate setts and accident hotspots, and even find orphaned babies in the case of nursing females. You can find details of your local badger group at or

Capture, Containment and Care

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PICK UP OR TOUCH A BADGER, EVEN A BABY!  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.

You can find rescues in your area by putting your location into the search facility at If you are unsure whether to intervene or you have difficulty finding a rescue who can help, you can contact us via and our volunteers will give you advice and support.