Bob Katter's croc cull call: Let's have shooting safaris
CALLS for crocodile shooting safaris in north Queensland have been dismissed by experts who say there is no evidence that the population is out of control.
Federal MP Bob Katter posted on Twitter that shooting safaris should be allowed in the state's north to deal with 'unprecedented' numbers of crocodiles.
The call follows a suspected fatal attack on Cindy Waldron, who was dragged under water during a late-night swim at Thornton Beach in the Daintree National Park on Sunday.
Professor Graham Webb, one of the world's leading authorities on crocodiles, told the ABC croc numbers would have to be culled by 95 per cent to make it safe for people to go in the water.
"I don't think they are out of control in Queensland, I don't think they are out of control anywhere," Prof Webb told ABC radio.
"To make it safe to go back in the water, you'd really have to reduce the population back to where it was at pre-protection levels."
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Prof Webb says the Thornton Beach fatality is a classic case of misadventure.
"To go swimming at night - in a national park everyone knows has crocodiles - is something you just don't do."
Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch on Monday blamed "human stupidity" for the attack.
But Mr Katter hit back, saying: "Where there is water, human beings will go near or in it.''
"I can't believe that Warren Entsch is attacking the people over this. Defending crocodiles instead of people is stupid."
Mr Katter said a cull made perfect sense.
"Human beings have been hunters for three and a half million years. And you may not like it, but that's how we got here as human beings."
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