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Badger cull costs

Police costs incurred for the badger cull in Avon and Somerset during 2017 totalled £582,154

In 2016, it totalled £700,303.36.

These costs are covered in full by Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

Badger culling is a Defra initiative, licenced by Natural England, to carry out targeted culls in selected rural areas in an attempt to tackle bovine TB.