SHIRE WILL PAY PRICE WITH TOO MANY CROCS: PHILLIPS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Over one hun­dred years ago our fore­fa­thers cleared the land in this shire and es­tab­lished a vi­able com­mu­nity of farm­ers and fish­er­man and cane grow­ers, just enough to cre­ate a healthy econ­omy and in do­ing so, were smart enough to cull the croc­o­diles from the es­tu­ar­ies and beaches so that the lo­cal in­hab­i­tants could use them for com­mer­cial and recre­ational uses.

Now around the mid 70s it was de­cided, prob­a­bly by some politi­cians liv­ing 2000 kilo­me­tres away, to stop hav­ing an­nual culls and as a re­sult over the last 50 years their pop­u­la­tion has grown ex­po­nen­tially.

The only lim­it­ing fac­tor is the al­pha males that have the cun­ning in­tel­li­gence to kill off other males so to have dom­i­nance over their ter­ri­tory. At least they know how to try to con­trol their own pop­u­la­tion.

Now we have just fin­ished another breed­ing pe­riod so shortly another 8000odd eggs will hatch and more and more croc­o­diles will be spilling onto our beaches by this time next year.

So we ba­si­cally now have a breed of politi­cian that is so scared of vote count­ing and so­cial me­dia abuse that they can’t bring them­selves to rein­tro­duce a culling sea­son and as a re­sult the lo­cal coun­cils will get to­gether and have a talk fest with the State govern­ment de­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion or some such in­sti­tu­tions, the re­sult is a

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