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Gloucestershire badger cull called off - News in Brief - The Ecologist

Because of the decreasing number of badgers seen by contractors, achieving further significant reductions in badger numbers appears unlikely. The wildlife watchdog Natural England has called off the Gloucestershire badger cull three weeks early. A spokesman said: "We agreed with the National Farmers Union that because of the decreasing number of badgers seen by contractors, achieving further significant reductions in badger numbers appears unlikely. The end of the cage-trapping season tomorrow was agreed by the cull company and Natural England as a sensible point to stop activity. " The shooting of badgers is to come to a halt tomorrow, on 30 November, at midday. On 23 October an extension was granted to the original licence for the Gloucestershire cull which was due to expire on 18 December. Wildlife groups are saying that Natural England has reached the correct decision ...

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