The cost of culling badgers to tackle TB in cattle in Gloucestershire and Somerset is more than previously thought.
It costs £6,775 to kill one badger. This is nearly £600 more than predicted by the anti-cull Badger Trust, who made a Freedom of Information request that led to the real figures being released by the Environment Department (DEFRA).
The overall cost of the cull is almost £16.8 million.
A DEFRA spokesman says bovine TB has cost £500 million over the last decade.
The government has recently approved extending the cull to Dorset.
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