Dead badger left outside Dursley Town Council offices in roadkill protest
A CAM father shocked by the sight of a dead badger left festering outside Rednock School for days bagged it up himself and left it outside council offices.
Martin Stevens scooped up the animal and dumped it in a sealed bin bag outside Dursley Town Council on Sunday, September 22.
He believes the roadkill should have been cleared up promptly.
"My daughter told me about it on Friday," he explained. "It was just left oozing fluid and blood all over the road.
"It’s not fair for the children to see it when they go in to school, especially with the cull, we’re hearing so much about how they carry tuberculosis."
Mr Stevens left a laminated note alongside the badger which read: "Dead badger inside, members of the public please don’t touch.
"This badger has been left outside Rednock School for days. I felt it unfair for children returning on Monday to find it still there. I have bagged it up to give to the local council and hoping they will go and finish the job and clean up the blood?"
The badger in a bag and the notice on the town council’s door had been removed by 10.30am on Monday.
Dursley Town Council clerk Helen Bojaniwska said that Mr Stevens had made a point but to the wrong agency.
"We don’t actually deal with roadkill," she explained. "It’s actually Stroud District Council. We’ve reported it to be picked up.
"Obviously someone was trying to make a point. They were very disappointed that it hadn’t been picked up."
In July the nation’s first-ever roadkill survey showed that badgers suffer overwhelmingly on Britain’s roads.
Badgers are by far the most run-over animal in the country, accounting for nearly a quarter of the UK’s roadkill, according to the initial findings of Cardiff University’s Project Splatter, which used data generated by the public reporting roadkill sightings across the country.
Badgers are followed by pheasants, foxes, rabbits and pigeons.
A Stroud District Council spokesman said they had only been notified of the dead badger on Monday and had been unaware of it prior to then.
The spokesman said: "We would encourage anyone discovering a dead animal by the roadside to contact us as soon as they can and not assume that someone else has reported it. If we aren't made aware of it we can't do anything about it."
The district council collects dead animals, such as those hit by cars, from public roads, within 24 hours.
The phone number to call is 01453 766321 or you can alert them online on the Report It feature on the council’s website www.stroud.gov.uk
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