Hello to Zone E, Dou­glas Shire

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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