GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commission took to Twitter last night to confirm the badger cull in the county cost £1.7 million to police.
Martin Surl tweeted out: “£1.7m is the 'estimated' total cost for policing the whole cull in glos - not just the extension period.”
The cull, which took place in Gloucestershire and Somerset, saw 1,771 badgers killed, but both fell short off their targets.
In Gloucestershire some 831 of the animals were shot.
The government not the constabulary itself is picking up the bill of the cull.
Campaigners have previously estimated that the controversial cull cost £4,100 for each animal killed.
The cull in Gloucestershire ended on November 30 after the Government decided the decreasing number of badgers seen by shooters had made hitting the target of 70 per cent unlikely.
An extension had originally been given for the cull to go on until December 18.
Shooters failed to hit their target of 70 per cent, with only 39 per cent killed.
Some 38 arrests were made by Gloucestershire Police in relation to the badger.
Some 15 were during the main six-week trial, while a further 23 were made in the extension period.