Less than a quarter of badgers were killed humanely during the recent cull in Gloucestershire, new figures show.
During the six week cull, just 543 badgers were killed through controlled shooting in the six-week period last year, 23 per cent of the 2,350-strong population, while 165 were cage-trapped and shot.
The pilot culls have already been criticised for not being effective, as the overall number of badgers killed fell short of the 70 per cent benchmark in both areas, here and in West Somerset.
In Gloucestershire just 30 per cent of the estimated population was killed in the six-week period and in West Somerset the figure was 60 per cent.
Both culls were extended and in total 40 per cent of badgers were killed in Gloucestershire and 65 per cent in Somerset.
Critics who claim it is not an effective way of reducing bovine TB in cattle, said the breakdown of the figures for methods of culling further undermined Government claims the pilots were successful.
Farming Minister George Eustice said: “Further details on the method used to remove badgers will be released in due course once analysed by the independent expert panel.”
Gloucestershire County Council has rejected the motion to write to Government requesting any further plans to cull badgers in Gloucestershire be abandoned.