November 5th 2008
Support for Croc in Space research
Queensland environment groups have urged the Queensland government to avoid a knee-jerk anti-conservation reaction to recent crocodile incidents in north Queensland, and to continue with much needed research and management.
Queensland Conservation, Wildlife Preservation Society Queensland, North Queensland Conservation Council, Cairns and Far North Environment Centre and the Magnetic Island Nature Care Association said it was important to maintain a strong crocodile conservation focus.
The groups also expressed support for the research program 'Crocs in Space'.
"To better conserve crocodiles and develop better strategies to allow people and crocodiles to coexist we need to undertake basic research, such as the Crocs in Space satellite tracking program has been doing," said James McLellan, Coordinator of NQCC.
"Wildlife is sometimes inconvenient. It is sometimes dangerous. We expect African nations to preserve the magnificent wildlife of their continent, and so we should be mature in our responses. Humans are smart. We can avoid and manage risks rather than having to kill the very creatures that help make this a world renowned location," said Steve Ryan, Campaigner from CAFNEC
"With crocodiles, we have a particularly strong conservation obligation. Estuarine crocodiles are a threatened species, almost hunted to oblivion until they were protected in 1974. And they are increasingly threatened as we turn more of the coastline into suburbs for humans." said Des Boyland from WPSQ
"The ongoing threats to crocodiles were poignantly demonstrated by the death of Wighty, the crocodile whose last days were spent around Magnetic Island. He died from starvation having filled his stomach with our litter of plastic bags." said Charlie McColl, President of MINCA.
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