Badgers did not move goalposts, say cull experts

The Guardian:

The environment secretary’s explanation to parliament for the badger culls missing their target kills – that the animals “moved the goalposts”because their population numbers declined – has been dismissed by the UK’s leading badger experts.

However, experts told the Guardian that other closely monitored badger populations in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire had had no decline at all.

Scientists say the most likely explanation for the population drop in the cull zones was not natural causes but the illegal killing of badgers, and disruption of badger population surveys by protesters.

They have also warned that the problems with the cull risk making the issue of bovine tuberculosis in cattle worse rather than better.