Cull cut short

The trial badger cull in Gloucestershire has been stopped, three weeks ahead of its planned finish time.

The cull target of 70 per cent of the badger population had not been reached, with some reports stating that only 30 per cent of the local population had been culled. Despite the original scheme being extended, it was brought to a close after contractors brought in to carry out the cull reported that they were seeing a decreasing number of badgers.

A Natural England statement said, “The decision to end the extension early does not affect the original licence granted by Natural England in September last year, which remains in place and allows culling operations to take place for four years.”


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