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Posted: 28 June 2007 02:45 AM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/06/25/1961758.htm

Crocs trained to hunt poachers

Indian authorities are releasing dozens of crocodiles bred in captivity to scare away poachers and protect their endangered counterparts.

They say illegal fishing in mangrove forests and habitat destruction in the states of Orissa and West Bengal, in eastern India, has led to a steep fall in crocodile numbers, from several thousand a century ago to less than 100 in the early 1970s.

But senior wildlife official and crocodile breeding expert Rathin Banerjee says the same reptiles are breeding rapidly in captivity. Orissa’s Bhitarkanika sanctuary has more than 1,400 crocodiles.

“The swelling number of released crocodiles in the wild is working as a deterrent and keeping people away from the mangrove, as villagers are more cautious before venturing into the forests,” Mr Banerjee said.

Wildlife sanctuaries in the region are threatened by poachers and villagers foraging for wood and forest produce.

But Mr Banerjee says large crocodiles leaping out of the water to attack prey or capsize boats and canoes are proving to be a good weapon.

“Unlike guard dogs, crocodiles cannot be tamed and are ferocious and can attack anyone in the swamps,” he said.

Last year, a seven-metres estuarine crocodile in Bhitarkanika entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest.

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Posted: 28 June 2007 07:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Pity Steve Irwin isn’t around to see this. He’d love it.

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Posted: 28 June 2007 01:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Renquist - 28 June 2007 11:05 AM

Pity Steve Irwin isn’t around to see this. He’d love it.

Perhaps he was reincarnated as one of the crocodiles.

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Posted: 28 June 2007 01:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Accipiter - 28 June 2007 05:33 PM
Renquist - 28 June 2007 11:05 AM

Pity Steve Irwin isn’t around to see this. He’d love it.

Perhaps he was reincarnated as one of the crocodiles.

We’ll know for sure when there’s footage of a crocodile jumping on a man and saying “This one must be 5,no,6 feet long! Crikey!”

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Posted: 28 June 2007 08:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’m bettng they went with the crocs because they didn’t have to feed them and they can be self perpetuating.  Besides,  it’s much cooler to have a guard croc than a guard dog.

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