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VIDEO: Did you know there could be badgers on your doorstep
2:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
COULD one of your next door neighbours be a badger?
The shy animal has hit the headlines this summer as many were killed during a cull in the south west.
But Jane Cullen from the Wirral and Cheshire Badger Group says many residents will be surprised to hear the nocturnal creature could be living on the doorstep of many homes in Warrington.
The Warrington Guardian met one woman, who regularly has a family of badgers in her back garden in Grappenhall over the last three years, for an evening badger watch.
Catherine Hurst said: “I call them the Cheshire set because they prefer Sheba to Whiskas cat food.
“We feed them most nights so if we go away on holiday members from the badger group come and badger sit for us so there’s still something for them to eat.
“We were really excited when we first spotted them and feel privileged to have them because they’re beautiful creatures.
“To watch them in their own habitat is amazing and I think if more people had that opportunity they would have a different perception of badgers.”
Readers who think they may have badgers in their back garden are advised to contact the WCBG, who have been working tirelessly to protect the animal.
They now have a new fight on their hands as Cheshire is on the edge of the affected TB zone that has led to so many badgers being killed.
Jane, who gave up her job as a credit collection agent to be part of the charity, added: “Loads of people will be totally unaware of badgers but there’s a lot of gardens with setts in them and we are their only predator.
“We have seen generations from the same family pass down the locations of setts and gangs of badger diggers pit the animal against a dog.
“When the group was formed, badger digging was rife in Cheshire but the goal posts have moved during that time and the greatest problem we have now is the cull.”
The group are currently fundraising to get two members qualified to vaccinate badgers for next year and hope to get farmers on board to start their own programme.
E-mail email@example.com if you can help or visit the group’s Facebook page.
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