"Last week, a 67-year-old man was bitten on the arm by a saltwater crocodile at
a waterhole in the Northern Territory’s Top End. Predictably, the incident has
prompted debate over whether a crocodile cull is needed.
The incident occurred in Litchfield National Park at Wangi Falls, a popular
tourist spot. The man was hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities later removed and killed the 2.4 metre crocodile responsible for
Fatal crocodile attacks in the NT peaked in 2014 when four people died. The
last fatal incident in the territory occurred in 2018 when an Indigenous ranger
was killed while fishing with her family.
Despite the low number of fatal attacks in recent years, NT Chief Minister
Natasha Fyles said last week the territory’s crocodile population had risen
dramatically in recent decades and “it’s time for us to consider” if culling
should be reintroduced.
This is an over-reaction to a fairly isolated incident. Data suggest the
saltwater crocodile population in the NT does not need to be culled and their
management does not need changing."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics