A pilot badger cull in west Somerset could be extended by up to three weeks after less animals were killed than had been planned. The aim was more than two-thousand but only 850 were shot - just 40 percent of the initial target.
As the prospect of gassing badgers to help control the spread of TB in cattle is raised in Parliament today, it brings back memories of the 1980s in Gloucestershire when the culling method was used, to the dismay of animal rights protesters.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson faced further criticism today over the controversial cull of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire. One Labour MP called on him to resign after it was revealed that the culls might have to be extended because not enough animals had been shot.
Mr Paterson insisted the policy had been a success - but hinted that alternative methods were being looked at, as Bob Constantine reports.
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson MP (Con, North Shropshire) has told the House of Commons that he will examine gassing as a means of culling badgers. It would only be used, he said, if it is proven to be 'safe, effective and humane.' Previously, badgers have been killed by shooting.