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Badger culls to go ahead

Controversial pilot badger cull schemes to try to tackle bovine TB in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset can go ahead later this year after the final licence conditions were met, the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said.

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Up to 5,000 badgers to be culled in pilot scheme

A total of up to 5,000 badgers will be killed in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset in summer culls confirmed by the Government today.

The licences for the two pilot schemes will allow culling to take place annually over a six-week period for four years.

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