Badger cull extension

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.

Environment Secretary defends cull shortfall

The badger cull in West Somerset has already been extended and now it's likely that the cull in the other pilot area will be too.

The number of badgers killed during the six weeks in Gloucestershire has fallen far short of the Government's target.

708 of the animals were shot - that's less than 30% of the area's estimated badger population.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson MP claims the cull has been 'a success' in an interview with ITV News West Country's Ian Axton.

West Country (E)

Full report: possible gassing of badgers

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson hinted today that badgers could be gassed rather than shot, in the effort to control TB in cattle.

One Labour MP called on him to resign after it was revealed that the trial culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire might have to be extended because not enough animals had been killed.

Mr Paterson insisted the policy had been a success - but suggested that alternative methods were being looked at, as Bob Constantine reports.

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West Country (E)

Call for Environment Sec to resign over badger cull

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.

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West Country (E)

Anger at badger cull extension

Campaigners have reacted angrily after it emerged that badger culls in Somerset could continue for another three weeks because not enough animals have been killed.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the culls could now be extended.

The six week trial in west Somerset has killed 850 badgers - but that's some way short of the 2000 target.

Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

West Country (E)

Defra revises badger cull figures

A decision on whether to extend the badger cull in Somerset is expected later this week.

Natural England is considering an application from the culling company involved.

This morning Defra has revised its badger population estimates:

Number of badgers in each area

  • 1450 in Somerset (compared to initial estimate of 2400 in September 2012)
  • 2350 in Gloucestershire (compared to initial estimate of 3400 in September 2012)

With these revised figures, Defra says the minimum number of badgers needed to be culled is:

  • 1020 in Somerset
  • 1650 in Gloucestershire

In the six weeks of the cull, 850 badgers have been removed in Somerset.

West Country (E)

Gloucestershire police respond to cull extension

We are aware Natural England is considering an application for an extension to the pilot badger cull in Somerset.

We will wait until DEFRA makes further announcements about Gloucestershire.

The cull is a DEFRA policy being implemented by private companies under licence by Natural England.

Our role is to provide a policing response to any incidents arising from it. This will be neutral and independent of the cull.

We will deliver our statutory responsibilities which include dealing with any incidents of crime and disorder and ensuring anyone who wishes to protest peacefully is able to do so.

– Gloucestershire Police
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