THERE’S NO INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CROCS
As I was away, I missed the recent meeting on croc management.
From the comments, all showed financial concerns for the tourism industry and how the reputation of the beaches would be affected.
There was complete disregard for any conservation views as is held by the EHP.
It could be argued that I have an interest in protecting crocs for my business but as a conservationist I believe their protection is paramount!
I have walked my dog on Wonga Beach for the last seven years and watched for crocs and have never seen one there. On my tours, guests spot “logodiles” frequently.
As for tourists being afraid of crocs, I disagree. Humans are curious and want to see them.
One writer said he had frequent sightings of the same large crocs, which tells me increasing numbers of people arriving here amount to the perception that the numbers are increasing rapidly, when they are actually seeing the same ones!
By 1974 the population had almost been wiped out. They were then protected and the numbers recovered but are gradually stabilising to a low density (check the EHP website)
As a tour guide/operator on the Daintree River for 29 years I have not seen an increase in their numbers.
I believe that the EHP won’t let financial concerns interfere with the welfare of native animals to the level that the locals of Port Douglas are demanding!
Bruce Belcher, Daintree River