Thursday, March 22, 2007

Croc Update

Reuters AlertNet - Calls for crocodile culling mount in Australia: "SYDNEY, March 22 (Reuters) - Fears that crocodile numbers have exploded in northern Australia, with more sightings off surf beaches, in swimming holes and near towns, have sparked calls for the re-introduction of crocodile culling.

But a new saltwater crocodile conservation plan for the tropical state of Queensland proposes instead to slap heavy fines up to A$7,500 (US$6,000) on swimmers caught in crocodile waters, as a means of separating man from man-eater.

'It's a classic example of lateral thinking,' Queensland politician Bob Katter said on Thursday in ridiculing the plan.

'Instead of removing the crocs, they're going to remove human beings,' said Katter, who believes crocodile culling should be re-introduced as the prehistoric-looking creatures venture closer to populated towns and beaches."

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