Licences for badger culling in 11 new zones during 2017 have been issued for the following counties: Dorset, Devon, Cheshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. There will also be further culling in Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire as well as the two original zones in West Somerset and Gloucestershire.
All the letters of authorisation can be found here, each of which set out the minimum and maximum targets.
The total maximum and minimum targets for new, existing and supplementary licences is:
Maximum: 33841 badgers
Minimum: 21981 badgers
Additional detail of figures and methodology can be found here.
This is an unprecedented attack on a native species that will do nothing to remove the threat of bovine TB. Now is most definitely the time to get involved, so please contact Badger Action Network to find out how you can help and where your local active group is based.