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This guidance provides:
clear direction to licensed operators to carry out controlled shooting of free-ranging badgers in the field
recommendations on best practice
highlights those areas of the technique that licensed operators must comply with, including licence conditions
This guidance does not confer any authority to undertake the actions described. These actions may only be undertaken where:
Natural England has issued a specific licence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 authorising the killing of badgers
in accordance with class licence WML-CL05
Those acting under licence must:
comply with all conditions
take all reasonable steps to carry out licensed operations safely and humanely