A call to ban hunting in a popular place after the “cruel” behavior of the crocodile.
An angry Australian citizen is pushing for a fishing ban at a popular spot after witnessing a “cruel” group of people appearing to feed a large male crocodile at the water’s edge “for their own entertainment”.
The Queensland woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told Yahoo News Australia she witnessed the “dangerous behaviour” while visiting the Proserpine River near Airlie Beach last week.
A series of videos recorded on Thursday and Friday show the crocodile – a dominant alpha animal called a bullhead known in the area – emerging from the water after a fisherman lured it and waved its bait above the water. “Did he get it?” Someone can be heard asking in the background.
Another photo shows the wild animal waiting at the water’s edge, less than three meters away from the group, whose back is now turned to it. In the third clip, Buffhead again approaches the shore and grabs a baited line, causing it to “get stuck for a while.” The fourth photo shows the crocodile chasing and catching a small shark tied to a string, with a nylon wire visible in its mouth.
“Something has to be done,” the woman – who said the behavior prompted her to contact the Queensland Department of the Environment (DES) about a potential fishing ban in the area – told Yahoo. The police also reported the group.
As the river’s former dominant alpha called Fat Guts was moved in 2019 to get closer to people and boats, she’s pushing for change so history doesn’t repeat itself.
“I realize it is a hunting area, but with other crocodiles being moved from there for this very reason, I am thinking of submitting a petition to the government to stop hunting in this area to allow people to go to the lookout point to enjoy them without danger or feeding,” added the woman, who said the hunting “It’s endangering the crocodiles,” it was clear on all her annual trips to the river.
“Tour operators are very concerned about this behavior because it is harmful to both crocodiles and humans, who care for this area as a fishing spot and tourist spot.” When not being hunted, Buffhead “spends his time pretty much on the other side of the river,” she explained.
The hunting ban is not supported by local residents
The woman said she believes fishing should be banned at the observatory completely, but her opinion “doesn’t agree with the locals.”
“Fishing and hunting are ingrained in our culture but most do so within the framework of the law. However, for some, it is for their own entertainment and benefit which is cruel and dangerous,” she said, demanding an on-the-spot fine of $400 and a maximum penalty of $6,192 for feeding a dangerous creature or Poison is capable of harming an animal. The person is “not a deterrent.”
“K’gari issues $2000 fine for feeding dingoes. It’s not consistent,” she said. “The site also needs adequate signage indicating that baiting is illegal and that CCTV needs to be fixed and monitored. This is the only way fishing can continue at this location.
“If people know they are being monitored, they are more likely to ensure they are doing the right thing. There should also be signs to report feeding the crocodiles themselves.
DES told Yahoo last year that feeding alligators is “extremely dangerous” because it causes humans to associate with food. “We call on anyone with information about intentional feeding of crocodiles or dangerous interactions with them to report it to the Environment Department as soon as possible by calling 1300 130 372,” she said.
Fishermen who catch crocodiles are putting their lives in danger
In November and October last year, videos showing a Buffhead being lured by poachers sparked intense backlash, prompting Queensland-based crocodile expert Tommy Hayes to describe those responsible as “ Non-Australians.
A petition was created in March to demand tougher penalties for those who interfere with crocodiles in their natural habitat.
Paul Bowen, a conservationist who runs the Croc Conscious YouTube account, previously told Yahoo that he also wants fines to increase. “If they get caught, they get a slap on the wrist. They are putting themselves in danger, but they don’t understand the animal they are playing with.” “They may think it’s funny to have a fish attached to them. But this crocodile was likely about 15 feet (4 meters) long, and its jaw pressure was about 3,700 pounds (16,414 Newtons).
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