Police officers are still spending valuable time and money on the badger cull, months after it ended.
Gloucestershire Constabulary set up Operation Themis to police the badger cull in the county last year.
The six-week cull, which was extended for another four weeks before being cut short on November 30, cost the police £1.7million, it was revealed earlier this year.
That money will be reclaimed from the Government when the final figure is agreed upon.
But four months after the cull ended, officers are still working on complaints and legal issues.
Dr Gordon McGlone, who is the liaison for the scientific community to Operation Themis, believes it has spread the police too thin.
The scientist, who is the former chief executive of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, said: “I’ve spoken to Mr Surl before, so we had a quick chat when I bumped into him.
“It is wasting the police time, and an enormous waste of resources.
“During the cull, many officers had to work long hours, and it was a very difficult time for them.
“But even not legal processes and the need to explain procedures to all sides is not helping.
“It hasn’t gone away at all. The cull might be over, but the police are still spending time on it, and it’s tough for them.
“I thought the police were well overextended during the cull. If you think about it, there were about 10 forces involved in policing the badger cull in Gloucestershire.
“That is absolutely bonkers. It was a gold command level operation, the highest in police operations.
“What if gold command was needed elsewhere? It cause a huge strain for everyone involved.
“And it was no-win situation for them. They were criticised on all sides.”
And he does not believe the cull was necessary, adding that the government should have spent time looking at other ways of halting bovine tuberculosis.
Mr Surl said: “The constabulary put a huge amount of effort into ensuring its policing of the badger cull was even-handed, impartial and operationally independent.
“I have always said the extension to the cull was unhelpful and I’m yet to be convinced anything significant was achieved during this period.
“It did put a strain on police resources at the time and although it’s over, there remains numerous issues to be dealt with.”