The three week extension of the badger cull in Somerset has failed to reach its target.
The Government has announced 90 badgers were killed in the period up to Friday, taking the total number killed in the cull area to 940.
That represents a 65% reduction in the badger population - less than the 70% target.
Today I am announcing to the House that the three week extension period in
the Somerset control area concluded as planned on Friday 1st November.
During this period, a further 90 badgers have been removed, giving an overall total of 940 for the first year of the four year cull.
This represents a reduction of 65% in the estimated badger population before culling began.
This will deliver clear disease benefits as part of a four year cull in the area.
A similar cull in Gloucestershire has been extended until December 18th.
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