Thanks very much for coming back to me, it’s appreciated. 100% understand your logic and I’ve seen the same in other animals, (like foxes). Once they know where a good source is they’ll return. 5-6 years ago the same happened to a neighbour of mine and all of her hogs were killed. We didn’t know it was a badger at the time but now I’m pretty sure it was the same.
Fortunately there’s only one entrance to my garden that a badger can enter through and I’ve now sealed this up but at the weekend I’ll install a staggered Hedgehog entry that only they can get in and out should I get more Hedgehogs visiting in the future. I will take in the food as I understand your logic and hope some more return. The two hogs in the houses have definitely been out of hibernation (I know them well and where they live), they aren’t injured, there’s no blood trail and as you point out once it gets one it doesn’t get away often. I’ll let nature take its course and respect both animals, difficult as I find it in me to do so. Thanks again.