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cull

  1. to take out (an animal, especially an inferior one) from a herd.
  2. to reduce the numbers of a population of animals by killing them, e.g. seal culls.

cull

the act of culling. Called also cast.
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These birds were not sick, but their owners volunteered to have them culled as a precaution, according to Angeline Blanco, action officer of the Pampanga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
This should come as a clear message to politicians and the general public about the extreme views of bodies which have had such an influence over government policies - policies which have led to an explosion in badger numbers which has decimated populations of ground-nesting birds and other wildlife, and created a massive reservoir for a disease which last year resulted in almost 10,000 Welsh cattle being culled by the Welsh Government.
Around 5,000 badgers are expected to be culled over the next six weeks in the two areas.
In 2011 just one farmer in Ballintra, southern Donegal, had bTB in his herd as a result of which badgers were culled in a 5km radius of his farm.
Earlier, hundreds of thousands of birds had been culled in Assam and neighboring Meghalaya after bird flu was detected in November last year.
1 : to select from a group <The best poems were culled from her collection.
It appears badgers move more freely and more widely in culled areas, therefore increasing contact with each other, according to the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB (ISG), which conducted the study.
It emerged the cull was counter-productive because 27 per cent more cattle became infected with TB in areas where badgers were culled than in areas where they were not.
A total of eight birds were culled, all of which were of species detailed within the licence.
He told a session of parliamentary question time that while the South Australian Government had concerns about Kangaroo Island's environment, it had to take into account what would happen to tourism if it culled 20,000 koalas.