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Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
In an effort to combat gross overpopulation and reduce the risk of deadly crocodile attacks, independent Australian MP Bob Katter has on Tuesday called for crocodile shooting safaris to be allowed in Australia’s north.
The government should encourage safari tourism in which visitors pay to hunt and kill excess crocodiles in northern Australia’s choked waterways, Katter said.
The exploding crocodile population in Australia’s north has been widely publicized over the past year; in March the Northern Territory government encouraged people to purchase and “pick up” problem crocodiles that were creeping closer human settlements.
The problem of crocodiles came to the fore once again when 46-year-old Cindy Walton was attacked and killed by a crocodile in the Daintree National Park at the weekend.
Katter criticized comments made by fellow MP Warren Entsch, who on Monday said “human stupidity” was the reason for Walton’s death. According to local police, Walton ignored warning signs posted at the beach when she and a friend went for a swim late at night.