(1) This paper presents information obtamed on the prevalence and distribution of tuberculosis in badgers from four areas in south-west England. One hundred and thirty-six badgers, representing twenty-four social groups, were removed for post-mortem exammation following outbreaks of tuberculosis in cattle.

(2) Mean group size for each area varied little (4.8-7.6 individuals) but mean territory size varied considerably (22.0-74.7 ha).

(3) The prevalence of tuberculosis varied greatly from 6.9% to 34.5% indicating spatial and/or temporal variations in prevalence in local populations.

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