Badgers injured in fights sometimes retreat to places where they can rest and recover in peace, free from the attentions of would-be aggressors. Barns, garden sheds, corners of gardens, spaces under patios are often chosen. Left alone badgers with ugly-looking bite wounds to their necks or rear quarters will often recover very quickly and wander off. Some are less fortunate, the wounds turn septic, and they, along with badgers seriously injured in traffic accidents need skilled care-from a vet, wildlife rescue centre, the local badger group or the RSPCA. Inevitably many are too seriously injured to be saved and they have to be put down to save them further suffering; but there is an extraordinary number of badgers that survive, thanks to the expert care and skill they receive.
If you find a severely wounded, badly injured, or obviously sick badger, please take extreme care and get expert help as soon as possible. Always remember, that frightened animals bite in self-defence, often with surprising speed and little or no warning and badgers have immensely powerful jaws which can inflict deep wounds on adversaries and compassionate would-be rescuers alike. Trained wildlife rehabilitators, RSPCA inspectorate, and experienced members of badger groups have the skill and know how to approach, handle and make badgers safe in secure carrying cages so please wait until they arrive at the site.