11 October 2013
Natural England has today confirmed that criteria have been met to allow control of badgers to continue under licence in west Somerset for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
The new licence: (188kb) authorises a three-week control operation to be carried out this autumn and supplements that authorised under the original four-year licence granted in October last year.
Under the original licence 850 badgers were culled during a six-week period which ended earlier this week. The new licence allows the licensee to continue culling and specifies a minimum number of 165 and a maximum number of 282 to deliver disease control benefits while reducing the risk of local extinction.
An application to extend culling in west Gloucestershire has also been received by Natural England and will be processed in due course.
The licensee has formally requested a three-week extension to culling operations to Natural England and confirmed that:
Natural England has confirmed to the licensee:
Guidance to Natural England (specifies the criteria Natural England need to take account of in developing and issuing licences)
Controlled shooting: 1 Feb – 31 May
Cage-trapping and shooting: 1 December – 31 May
Cage-trapping and vaccination: 1 December - 30 April
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