Accessibility Homepage Skip navigation Sitemap


Register and log in to gain access to our forums and chat about everything 'hedgehog'!

Thank you for looking to contribute to the Hedgehog Street forum. Please note that when submitting replies or posts, these are run through our spam-checkers, so there may be a slight delay in your posts appearing, and reflecting in the forum post details below. However, if you think anything has gone awry please contact us.

The views and opinions expressed in this forum do not necessarily represent the views of PTES or BHPS.

Hedgehog predator?

Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Hedgehog predator?

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • Author
  • #42966

    Found the sad and gruesome remains of an adult hedgehog in my front garden (very close to the house) on Saturday. It had been decapitated, intestines strewn on the ground though the body was rolled up and curiously there was an approximately 4 inch deep hole within a foot of the remains – with faeces in it.
    The location is on the busy village main street, with open access. There are badgers and foxes in the nearby countryside but I have never seen them actually in the village! Do either of these animals defecate at the site of a killing?
    Any ideas?

    Avatar photo

    Hi WaterDragon

    What an upsetting thing to find. I don’t know what might have killed the poor hog, but badgers are their main natural predator, although some foxes apparently become ‘specialist’ hedgehog killers. Domestic dogs do sometimes kill hedgehogs, but not sure about eating them or decapitating them. I suppose an animal (potentially badger or fox) could have been disturbed and left the intestines?

    From what I understand, badgers have latrines fairly near to their setts, but foxes will defecate in other places – to mark their territory – which conceivably they might do to ‘claim’ an area where they found food.

    If you can remember what the poo looked like, a bit of research on line of different wild animal’s poos might answer that part of the question.

    I just hope you don’t find any more dead hedgehogs.

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.