October 5, 2022

A grandmother is desperate after she is terrorized by a clan of grave-robbing badgers who have been dumping human remains on her flowerbeds for more than a year – and she is powerless to act against the protected species.

Ann Mathers, 88, was ‘terrified’ when she first noticed a human skull among plant pots in her garden in Dudley, West Midlands, last July.

She immediately called the police and her 60-year-old home was quickly locked up and treated as a potential crime scene – before the real culprits were tracked down.

It soon became apparent that a slew of badgers were dragging the eerie remains — including jawbones and femurs — from the cemetery of Providence Baptist Church, which is adjacent to Mrs. Mathers’ home.

The critters access the graveyard via a public footpath that runs between the cemetery and Mrs Mathers’ home – and since they’re a protected species, there’s not much the grandmother can do to stop their macabre activities.

The family has asked the Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council for help, but they won’t be able to move the badgers until this year’s breeding season is over.

Ann Mathers, 88, was ‘terrified’ when she first saw a human skull among plant pots in her garden in Dudley, West Midlands, last July (pictured)

It soon emerged that a number of badgers were dragging the eerie remains — including jawbones and femurs (pictured) — from the graveyard at Providence Baptist Church, which is adjacent to Mrs. Mathers’ home.

The furry bugs raid the graves in the cemetery of the nearby Providence Baptist Church (pictured)

Ann’s daughter Lorraine Lloyd, 60, said: ‘This problem has been going on for a year now and my mother is just sick of it.

“The badgers dig under the graves, and when they come across one that’s collapsed, they drag the bones out and dump them in Mama’s yard.

“It’s basically flying human remains all over my mother’s lawn and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Ms Mathers first saw bones outside her home last year.

Lorraine, a civil servant, added: ‘I was on vacation when my mother called me hysterically and said she had found a human skull in the bushes.

Mrs Mathers is ‘sick’ from finding human remains (bone pictured) in her garden. Badgers have been repeatedly dumping bones there for over a year

Mrs. Mathers’ home is adjacent to Providence Baptist Church, which is home to a cemetery

The family has asked the Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council for help, but they won’t be able to move the badgers until this year’s breeding season is over. (Pictured: Path between the house and Mrs. Mathers’ cemetery)

Some remains have been discovered near Mrs Mathers’ conservatory in her garden in Dudley

Skull fragments are pictured in Mrs Mathers’ garden after being dragged there by badgers

What looks like an arm bone was found dumped in Mrs Mathers’ garden

Badgers and their homes, also called nests or burrows, are protected by law

Badgers are protected and so are the nests (burrows) in which they live. Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, in England and Wales (the law is different in Scotland) it is an offense to:

  • Deliberately killing, injuring or taking (or attempting to) a tie
  • Cruelly mistreating a badger
  • Dig for a tie
  • Willfully or recklessly damage, destroy, or impede access to a badger sett
  • Get a dog to enter a badger colony
  • Disturbing a tie when it occupies a sett
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But there are exceptions. Permits to take certain actions can be issued if justified, for example when a badger sett is found in a proposed location for a road or housing development.

Bulldozing a settlement in the way of a new road would risk killing or injuring the badgers, so Natural England or Natural Resources Wales can issue a permit carefully excluding the badgers, forcing them to move elsewhere in their territory. have to move.

Source: RSPCA

“I didn’t know what the hell was going on, but when I went there I couldn’t believe my eyes.

‘There were human remains everywhere. We called the police and they sealed it as a crime scene.

“I don’t know if they thought it might be a possible murder victim, but they soon found many holes in the yard that the badgers had dug through.”

Lorraine, who has three children and also lives in Dudley, said her mother has found numerous bones in the past 12 months.

She said, ‘Behind my mother’s house is a trench and then it’s the graveyard. One night she came down and found seven badgers on her lawn.

“She just wants the badgers gone, but apparently the council can’t move them until the breeding season is over.

“It must be very distressing for people to discover that the remains of their relatives are being exhumed.”

Highways Cabinet Minister Shaz Saleem said: “As badgers are a protected species, we are in the process of enlisting the help of a qualified ecologist to help us along.”

Councilor Adam Aston, representing the Woodsetton Ward, said: ‘I work as a paramedic so I’m not easily startled, but the sight of so many human remains on the open road and in people’s backyards stopped me in my tracks.

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‘I hope that urgent work can now be done to strengthen the border with the cemetery and to prevent further excavations in the public space.

“We understand very well that badgers have a protected status by law, especially during the breeding season and the municipality is in a difficult position, but we hope that this disrespectful situation can be resolved and the right-of-way is re-opened to public use. quite disturbing for our constituents.’