Time to Bring back Crocodile Hunting? Reptile Responsible for Several Deaths

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Is it the time to bring back crocodile hunting? There is a surge in the number of crocodile attacks following the decision to end widespread culling in 1971. Since then, the crocodiles’ number has exploded and the animals have found their way to areas with high human population density.

The recent crocodile attack survivor 19-year-old Peter Roswell was camping with his family when the attack happened. He told ABC that he was dragged out of his tent.

He said, “I was down at Dorisvale, and at about 4:30 this morning, I was sleeping in a mozzie net, and … I woke up and there was something shaking my foot, and I woke up and had a look and it was three to four metres long.”

Rowsell added that the crocodile left him only when he struck it on its head with his hand “once or twice.” He also said that he was not sure whether it was a fresh water or salt water crocodile.

Last year in May, a large crocodile was captured.  It was taking dogs and stalking people near Daly river in the Northern Territory. Although the crocodile did not attack anyone, there was a concern that eventually it would if no action would be taken, reported ABC.

According to The Guardian, a female tourist was attacked by a crocodile near Prince Regent river in Kimberley, Western Australia.

Jill Moffitt, from Kimberley Discovery Cruises, said that rockpool was considered as  safe swimming spot and the attack was surprising.

In October last year, a death of a fisherman who was snatch from his boat by a leaping crocodile was reported. His family and friends watched in horror as a 15 foot, 7 inches crocodile leapt from a water hole and attacked the left shoulder of the man. The crocodile then flipped the man into the water, reported CBS News.

The fisherman, Bill Scott was killed  in the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park which was crocodile hunter Bill Dean Billabong’s favourite spot for crocodile hunting until the federal law of 1971 banned the hunting.

With the ban on crocodile hunting, the number of crocodiles has exploded in Northern Territory from 3,000 to 80,000 to 100,000. Moreover, salt water crocodiles live up to 70 years and grows up to 23 feet. Consequently, there is a need to lift the ban on crocodile hunting.


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