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Extended pilot badger cull ends early in Gloucestershire

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Natural England says that the original licence allowing the culling of badgers in west Gloucestershire over a four-year period will remain in place, despite this year's extended culling operations being brought to a close earlier than intended.

This year's culling operations in Gloucestershire stopped on November 30, following discussions between the National Farmers’ Union, the cull company and Natural England, which issued the licences for the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Both pilot culls had been granted extensions beyond their original end dates after failing to meet the required target number of …

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