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Peanuts to be used as bait in Wales badger cull

11 April 2010 - BBC News

Peanuts are expected to be used as bait to trap badgers as part of a plan to cull them in areas of mid and south west Wales. The animals are known to like peanuts and they are commonly used to encourage badgers into people's gardens.

The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) said it would use an "appropriate bait" to catch badgers, but it is believed peanuts will be used. The cull aims to combat the bovine TB infection and could start in May.

A WAG spokesman said: "During our planned cull of badgers in the pilot area, the traps will be baited using an appropriate bait that is attractive to badgers, but we can confirm that it is not peanut butter." The assembly government refused to reveal the cost of using peanuts or how many kilos or tonnes of peanuts it would be using.

The Badger Trust said peanuts were commonly used by people to encourage badgers into their gardens. Badger Trust spokesman Jack Reedy said: "It's a perfectly acceptable way of attracting badgers, although we don't approve of the cull. Peanuts are commonly used as a way of attracting badgers into gardens."

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