Bullets not safest way to deal with crocs

SHOOTING crocodiles is rarely the safest or most effective way of removing risk, Queensland Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Dr Steven Miles says.

It comes after the Bulletin revealed an LNP state government would allow qualified rangers to shoot problem crocs on the spot.

Mr Miles said EHP officers could already put down problem crocodiles through other means.

"They advise me that shooting is very rarely the safest, most effective method," he said.

Dr Miles said as part of a statewide crocodile survey, EHP visited Townsville and surrounds between April 24 and 26.

"The data will be analysed once we have done our first annual program," he said. "Overall results will take three years."

Katter's Australian Party state leader Robbie Katter said the party had called for a cull over months in a bid to protect lives.

"A reactive policy where we wait for crocs to attack people just isn't good enough," he said. "KAP has done all the heavy lifting on this issue. Everyone is happy to jump on board now the water's safe and the public is on board.

"We've been consulting with locals right across North Queensland for months and as a result have developed a bill which will be introduced into Parliament soon."

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