Farmers in Dorset have been granted a licence to shoot badgers after culls were piloted for the last two years in Gloucesterhire and Somerset.
Official estimates predict as 2,038 badgers will be removed from across the three cull areas in 2015.
It comes after Liz Truss, the Environment Secretary, vowed after the General Election to push ahead with the culls despite criticism from protest groups.
Official figures have revealed it cost more than £3,300 to kill each badger during the two cull pilots carried out in 2014."
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