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Why the South West could see 13,000 dead badgers: the new cull in numbers

For the first time the cull has been extended beyond trial areas in Dorset, Gloucestershire and West Somerset Photo: Ben Birchall/PA

More than 13,000 badgers could be killed across nine culling zones in the South West.

It's after the Government rolled out badger culling to five new parts of England in a bid to tackle TB in cattle.

The culling zones across Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon, Dorset, and Cornwall, have all be given licenses which include a minimum requirement for the total number of badgers to be culled during the open season.

Across the region it means at least 7,012 badgers will be killed - although that number could be up to 13,030.

Bovine TB can devastate herds and blight rural communities - but experts are dividedon whether culls are the answer Credit: ITV News

DEFRA says that the move is to combat the devastating effects the disease has on farmers' livelihoods. Bovine TB costs taxpayers over £100m every year and England has the highest incidence of the disease in Europe.

However, the trial culls were also widely condemned by some campaign groups, who say it is not a viable method to control the disease.

Below is a breakdown of the minimum and maximum number of badgers which are to be killed in each culling area, according to DEFRA.

  • GLOUCESTERSHIRE: AREA 1
228
the minimum number of badgers which should be killed
642
the maximum number of badgers which may be killed
  • SOMERSET: AREA 2
75
the minimum number of badgers which should be killed
544
the maximum number of badgers which may be killed
  • DORSET: AREA 3
390
the minimum number of badgers which should be killed
610
the maximum number of badgers which may be killed
  • CORWALL: AREA 4
1299
the minimum number of badgers which should be killed
1763
the maximum number of badgers which may be killed
  • CORNWALL: AREA 5
874
the minimum number of badgers which should be killed
1187
the maximum number of badgers which may be killed
  • CORNWALL: AREA 6
1922
the minimum number of badgers which should be killed
2609
the maximum number of badgers which may be killed
  • DEVON: AREA 7
1436
the minimum number of badgers which should be killed
1949
the maximum number of badgers which may be killed
  • DORSET: AREA 8
1282
the minimum number of badgers which should be killed
1740
the maximum number of badgers which may be killed
  • GLOUCESTERSHIRE: AREA 9
1463
the minimum number of badgers which should be killed
1986
the maximum number of badgers which may be killed