Badger cull is a U-turn-in-waiting

31 May 2012 | The Guardian | Damian Carrington

“ …. Two of the UK’s foremost experts have a letter published in the scientific journal Nature today arguing that our poor knowledge of existing badger populations presents a serious problem. That’s because the culls have to wipe out at least 70% of the animals to avoid making matters worse, but it’s impossible to know whether you’ve hit this target if you don’t really know how many there were to start with.

Christl Donnelly and Rosie Woodroffe, who both worked on the 10-year Randomised Badger Culling Trial that remains the gold-standard research in the field, say uncertainties over badger populations mean a cull could result in anywhere between 50% and 100% of the creatures being killed …”

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