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On 30 August 2016 Defra published, as part of its measured approach to tackling bovine TB and achieving disease control benefits, Natural England’s authorisations to local farmers and landowners to carry out targeted badger control in parts of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon and Herefordshire.
Operations took place between 29 August and 18 October 2016.
2. Badger control costs
Information on costs to government in 2013-2016 is provided in Table 1 below.
|Badger control costs||2013||2014||2015||2016|
|Licensing and compliance monitoring||£859,000||£1,036,000||£1,003,000||£1,284,000|
|Humaneness monitoring, including postmortems||£2,628,000||£1,515,000||£154,000||£392,000|
|Advice and assessments||£389,000||£294,000||£460,000||£646,000|
|Other costs, including equipment||£107,000||£205,000||£162,000||£53,000|
3. Badger control policing costs funded by Defra
|Police costs 2016|
|Avon & Somerset||£700,303|
|Devon & Cornwall||£1,238,547|