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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Markings? Reply To: Markings?

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Hi Yaderef

It’s lovely to hear you have hogs there.

It sounds to me as though the poor hedgehog has been artifiically marked. Unfortunately it seems to be becoming more common, but is, neither necessary, nor kind to the hedgehog. You might like to read BHPS’s guidance re. marking. which I’ll copy here.
[“Can I ‘mark’ my hedgehogs?

We’re pretty sure a hedgehog would rather not be marked, but if you are going to do it, please do ensure that you use a non-toxic water-based marker and mark just a few spines of the hedgehog. Keep the mark away from the hedgehog’s face and mark it in the garden on the ground rather than picking it up/bringing it indoors. Please don’t use red as people may mistake it for blood and ‘rescue’ it. Do not make hedgehog conspicuous to predators. We have seen some very sad images of poor hedgehogs practically covered in paint! If you are watching the hedgehogs on a wildlife camera you will often be able to tell them apart over time without the need for marking.”]

Unfortunately, some of the substances being used don’t appear to be water based and they are applied in far too great a quantity. Personally, I see no need to mark the hedgehogs at all – they have their own natural markings. But if only a few spines were marked as per the guidelines it wouldn’t be so bad.

If you want to recognise your hedgehog visitors, it is possible to learn how to identify them by their natural markings. I wrote some notes for someone else under the following topic, which you might find helpful.

Good luck with the hedgehogs and happy hog watching!