Gloucestershire badger cull granted eight-week extension
A LICENCE has been granted for the badger cull to be extended in Gloucestershire for eight weeks.
Natural England received an application to extend the cull after the six-week pilot project removed less than half the number of animals expected.
Defra announced last week that 708 badgers out of a planned 1,600 were shot in Gloucestershire, which works out at around 30 per cent of the estimated badger population, rather than the 70 per cent target.
The controversial pilot culls were launched in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset in an effort to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis.
The new licence specifies that a minimum number of 540 and a maximum number of 940 badgers can be culled.
It runs from today until 18 December.
However, the Badger Trust has signalled its intention to challenge the extension in the High Court.
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