Hello to Zone E, Douglas Shire
A new crocodile management plan has been released by the state government, providing “clarity for Queenslanders” according to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Speaking in Cairns this Tuesday, Environment Minister Steven Miles said the new plan was clearer and didn’t represent a backslide on removals.
Douglas locals may be disappointed by the changes – or lack of – for the Shire.
The Douglas Shire is now classed as a “Monitoring and education zone (Zone E)” under the new plan.
According to the plan, in Zone E “management involves community education regarding Crocwise behaviours, and removing crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour.
“Large crocodiles are generally not removed, however size is a factor in determining the risk an individual crocodile may pose.”
The plan stresses that in Zone E – which appears to be the default zone throughout Queensland excepting the Southeast corner below Gladstone – interaction between crocodiles and humans is ‘variable’ and even with the removal of crocodiles deemed dangerous, “the chance of a crocodile attack remains, particularly in areas of high quality crocodile habitat.”