Sparkes: time to consider croc cull?
IT might be time to start thinking of culling large crocodiles, the regional manager of Qld Surf Lifesaving, Col Sparkes, said on Tuesday.
Speaking generally about the croc situation, he referred specifically to a large croc at Kewarra that had evaded capture for months, and another large one “in the ocean”.
Pointing to a spate of sightings and incidents around beaches from south of Cairns to the Daintree, Mr Sparkes said local beaches were becoming no-swim zones.
“I know when I do my voluntary patrols of a weekend a lot of people ask me if there are crocodiles on this beach,” he told ABC Radio on Tuesday.
“That’s from international visitors and from locals.
“And a lot of people won’t go in the water. They are quite concerned and they won’t go for a swim.
“That’s a real shame because we’ve got beautiful beaches and especially this time of year when we don’thave stingers about, this is when you should be out there enjoying them.”
On Monday, CRC councillor Brett Olds raised the matter of the croc at Kewarra which had been resident for months.
Mr Sparkes said as a young person growing up in Cairns he would swim in Lake Placid and Kamerunga and no one had to worry about crocs. “But you wouldn’t swim in them now,” he said.
Asked what he thought needs to happen, he replied that “cull is a four-letter word now, it’s never mentioned in discussion”.
“You can’t have crocodiles on the main tourist beaches in Cairns, and also Port Douglas, I know they have the same problem at Four Mile Beach, and Etty Bay down at Innisfail – these are our tourist beaches that the Far North relies so heavily on.
“I’ve been very reluctant to use the word but I believe we possibly have to look at a cull.”