Calls for crocodile-hunting safaris have resurfaced in Australia’s Northern Territory in recent weeks and have been met with mixed reactions.
Bob Katter, the Federal MP for the area of Kennedy has said that he believes that attacks are at a record high due to an increase in crocodile numbers in recent years, and is calling for crocodile safaris.
Speaking to ABC News, Katter said it was time for a culling of crocodiles in order to protect people from attack.
“There is no balance now. All of the crocodile predators have been removed so the numbers have exploded. A crocodile mother, she has 50 to 80 eggs she lays every year or so.”
The debate has come back into the limelight after a high-profile attack in Daintree saw a 46 -year-old woman killed.
However, the call for a cull has been met with outrage by many, who see the crocodile as a protected species and the possibility of a culling as incredibly dangerous to the safe-guarding of their protected status.
The Queensland Environmental Department has simply issued a statement saying that its estuarine crocodiles are a protected species and it’s illegal to hunt them. In 1974 they were almost extinct, and it has been a long process to bring back this formidable predator.
The statement also said that studies did not suggest an increase in crocodile populations.