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Licence granted to extend badger cull in Somerset
7:52pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A NEW licence has been granted to extend the badger cull in parts of West Somerset and Taunton Deane.
Natural England confirmed today (October 11) that the cull will continue until midday on November 1.
The planned six-week pilot came to an end on Monday but the organisers behind it asked for more time after marksmen fell short of their target.
Under the original licence 850 badgers were killed, which is 40% short of the 2,081 target.
The new three-week licence specifies that a minimum number of 165 badgers should be killed and 282 is given as the maximum.
A spokesperson from Natural England said the licence supplements that authorised under the original four-year licence granted in October last year.
An application to extend culling in west Gloucestershire has also been received by Natural England and will be processed in due course.
The policy states that a maximum of ten licences may be granted each year.
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