Mayor on board with croc cull

CROC CATCH: NT Parks and Rangers with their 2.82 metre male saltie, pulled out at the Novus Quarry, downstream from the Low Level Crossing where people regularly head for a swim.
CROC CATCH: NT Parks and Rangers with their 2.82 metre male saltie, pulled out at the Novus Quarry, downstream from the Low Level Crossing where people regularly head for a swim.

Katherine Mayor Fay Miller supports controlled culling after four large salties were caught in the Katherine area in just one week. 

Mayor Miller is calling on the NT Government to start looking at a long term plan. 

“I understand that some people will say we live in their home, but we’re mixing with civilisation now,” Mayor Miller said. 

“It’s concerning that crocodile populations are increasing especially in popular tourist destinations where people swim.” 

Over the past week NT Parks and Wildlife rangers have pulled out two saltwater crocodiles at the High Level Bridge, the first to be found in the traps in about two decades. 

And two more were pulled out at the Novas Quarry, a couple of kilometres downstream from the Hot Springs.

“NT Parks and Wildlife rangers are doing a great job at catching and trapping.

“But we went from culling many moons ago to nothing at all and we’ve seen a significant increase.

“It’s time for the government to start looking at control,” she said. 

Mayor Miller said that there is opportunity to see financial benefit from crocodile culling go towards Indigenous people and remote communities. 

In the NT full protection was given to saltwater crocodiles in 1971 after being hunted almost to extinction.

Currently, there is estimated to be over 100 000 crocodiles in the wild in the Northern Territory.

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