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Badgers in shock attack on walker and dog

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: September 12, 2013

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ONE man and his dog had a nasty surprise when badgers attacked them during an evening walk.

John Harvey, of North Wootton, was walking Dolly near his home when he was charged by one badger while another bit Dolly's tail.

Mr Harvey said: "It was quite scary at the time. It was just after dark. I regularly walk the dog at that time and I see badgers often. Usually they are 10 to 20 yards away and they are passive.

"But this time when we passed a storm drain a badger came out of it and charged straight towards us.

"It charged into me and I put the torch on it and gave it a kick. It ran between my legs.

"Then another badger came from the other side of the road and went for the dog. It bit her tail and she span round and growled at it.

"Both badgers then rocketed off into the hedge.

"It all took place in a few seconds."

Pauline Kidner, founder of wildlife charity Secret World, has been working with badgers for 25 years. She was surprised to hear about the incident.

She said: "I've never heard of badgers coming out and attacking someone.

"Badgers are very shy. If they get the chance to run away they will. A badger would never fight a dog unless it had no choice.

"The only thing I can think of is if it was ill but I can't think of an illness that would make it do that.

"In my opinion this is very, very abnormal behaviour."

Dolly did not need to go to the vet – but she was reluctant to go for a walk for some days afterwards.

Mr Harvey said: "She just kept sitting down in the road and refusing to move. We're used to thinking of them as cuddly passive animals but they're not always.

"I've got no explanation for it. Maybe it's an aggressive group or the area is over-populated.

"My advice would be to take a torch with you. They didn't seem to like having it shone on them."

See letters pages 27 and 28.

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  • dskelly  |  December 22 2013, 12:17AM

    He looks a bit mental to me. Can't the NFU do better than this??

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  • barryterry-2  |  December 21 2013, 8:27PM

    The answer is obvious the badgers thought it was Owen Praterson . He would get the same reception if he came down my road (day or night )

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  • twigcat  |  September 16 2013, 2:48PM

    ''Owen Paterson ate my umbilical cord!'' Any TiS reporter wishing to contact me to follow up this story, please don't: I made it up. That said, I reckon the badgers of Somerset do have the right to be feeling pretty p!$$£) off at the moment. Perhaps they are evolving. Reason 6423 to stop these killings asap.

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  • eyeopener  |  September 14 2013, 10:07AM

    @ mmjames You said "Badgers were once wild animals, not the pets that idiots have released 'back into the wild' It's nice to see you agreeing that Owen Patterson the minister in charge of the cull is an idiot. As the Telegraph reports he once owned not one but TWO badgers as pets! http://tinyurl.com/pz97hsg

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  • eyeopener  |  September 14 2013, 10:03AM

    Still.............. how many dogs and more importantly humans have been killed by a bull or a herd of cows. http://tinyurl.com/nmb2s5t

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  • Rebecca66  |  September 13 2013, 6:40PM

    I suspect he had this story all ready for the Daily Mail but with foxes as the marauding wildlife then suddenly saw a better story. What a load of rubbish. Poor dog, being saddled with an eejit like that for an owner.

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  • mmjames  |  September 13 2013, 6:20PM

    dandypeople Friday, September 13 2013, 11:18AM If this really happened and the dog was really bitten and badgers really are riddled with bTB, why did he not take the dog to the vets. If badgers are riddled with bTB they could pass it on with a bite. ..................... I'd be very worried if that was my dog, but there is NOTHING that can be done if it has become infected...... +ve = death.

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  • ploppiedb  |  September 13 2013, 12:32PM

    The more humans feed wild animals and attract them to areas populated by humans, artificially increasing the density and causing the animals to lose their natural caution and fear of humans, the more we will see incidents of this nature. Like foxes, they are wild animals, have no larger predators to fear and once they associate humans with food, we will start to see just how uncuddly they can be!

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  • dandypeople  |  September 13 2013, 11:18AM

    Not that far from the cull zone, if the story is true badgers fleeing the cull zone may be upsetting other badger setts and the effect spirals outwards, leaving badgers stressed and on edge for miles around. If this really happened and the dog was really bitten and badgers really are riddled with bTB, why did he not take the dog to the vets. If badgers are riddled with bTB they could pass it on with a bite. Whole story is somewhat unbelievable, looks like more scaremongering on behalf of the NFU who desperately want to kill off all the badgers in the uk. To try to protect our wildlife and stop this pointless cull please sign the latest e-petition http://tinyurl.com/qaa9hks This a new petition so if you signed the previous one please sign this one too.

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  • advanced1  |  September 13 2013, 9:50AM

    What a load of rubbish. Made me laugh though.

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