Footage shows animals trapped and shot in a UK national park

The shocking images were taken in the Peak District National Park

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Credits: Daily Mirror

WARNING: Distressing footage

Standing over a snared badger, a ­gamekeeper shoots at the ­helpless animal as it lies injured on the ground.

But far from putting the stricken beast out of its misery, the man only fired at the trap – leaving it to suffer a painful death with two wires still stuck around its neck.

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Another clip shows a man shooting dead a snared fox then dumping its body over a wall.

The shocking images are among several taken in the Peak District National Park of ­gamekeepers shooting and ­trapping wild animals in a bid to stop them killing grouse as the bird hunting season nears.

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The injured badger had two wires stuck around its neck after getting caught in trap

Police are investigating the footage. Campaigners at the Hunt Investigation Team filmed the upsetting scenes.

A spokesman said: "We were horrified. This is happening on an ­industrial scale to protect grouse destined to be shot."

The traps are laid on land in Derbyshire that is open to the public. Activists claim up to 46 were found. HIT said the snared badger was trapped a second time and the gamekeeper again shot the wire off.

The spokesman added: "We have spoken to experts who say the animal would almost certainly have died a much worse death than being shot.

"It would have young in a sett nearby who would die of ­starvation. The ­gamekeeper doesn't phone the RSPCA."

HIT claimed the snaring is happening on grouse estates across England and Scotland.

A fox is seen distressed after getting caught in one of the snares

Another clip shows a man then dumping the fox's body over a wall

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One of the masked gamekeepers

Gamekeepers are legally allowed to snare and kill foxes but not "non-target" animals such as badgers. However, if they catch one by accident then they have not broken the law.

Derbyshire police said: "We have started an investigation."

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