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AustraliaShark population 'explosion' needs culling 'just like pigs and kangaroos', says Rob Katter

12:06  08 november  2018
12:06  08 november  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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This year's cull is about to get under way and, as with recent years, more than a million kangaroos are expected to be shot. However, indigenous overhunting took them out, and then settlers culled predators like dingoes. Now the bush is a bountiful food locker with lots of grass and water, and few

The Western Australian shark cull is the common term for a former state government policy of capturing and killing large sharks in the vicinity of swimming beaches by use of baited drum lines.

Sharks are no different from pigs, kangaroos and wild horses and an increase in their numbers should be dealt with by culling them, Katter's Australian Party (KAP) North Queensland MP Rob Katter says.

Mr Katter joined the LNP's federal Hinkler MP Keith Pitt in calling for a shark cull, despite shark researchers dismissing the move as ineffective and the Queensland Government ruling out the placement of permanent drum lines in the Whitsundays.

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Experts warn Australians need to eat more kangaroos as the marsupial’s population booms. THE number of kangaroos in Australia has nearly “They’re just devouring anything we’ve got grass wise, they’re starting to cause erosion along fences. Any of the grass country is just being pulled up by the

“A person who wants ’ roos culled from their property has to contact the national parks, who will then give them a tag for every kangaroo they are allowed to They do breed like flies, but as I said only 40 per cent get to adulthood, and as populations in towns grow, the kangaroos are also losing their

The call for a shark cull comes in response to the death of Melbourne doctor Daniel Christidis, 33, after he was mauled by a shark at Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays on Monday night.

His death came six weeks after a 12-year-old girl and a 46-year-old woman survived shark attacks in the same spot.

The State Government temporarily installed baited drum lines in Cid Harbour in the wake of the September attacks, catching and destroying six large sharks — including five tiger sharks.

State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington is calling for drum lines to be in place at Cid Harbour permanently.

Shark population 'explosion' needs culling 'just like pigs and kangaroos', says Rob Katter© Provided by ABC News James Cook University shark researcher Professor Colin Simpfendorfer said culls rarely work.

"We've seen three shark attacks, one ending in an absolute tragedy, and they don't have a shark control program, so obviously something more needs to happen," she said.

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But not all agree with need to cull the animals or Mr Slatter's method of killing the feral cats using a bow and arrow. 'The cat is injured and not killed, and obviously is going to 'It should be against the law for the public community to take part in animal population control, especially by savage and disrespectful

Once wild populations are depleted beyond the point of no return, we will have to live with the loss of this Like all "Codes of Practice" the animals are not monitored at the point of kill, but by The poor kangaroo has become a convenient scapegoat, to say they are damaging the land is propaganda to

The KAP has long advocated culling to deal with a rise in the crocodile population of north Queensland, and Mr Katter said sharks should be added to the list.

"Culling should certainly be thrown in the mix," he said.

"I'm no expert on shark management, but I am an expert on listening to people and if you talk to people who have been going out there 30 years, whether they're from Cairns, Whitsundays, Townsville, whether they're recreational fisherman, whether they're professional fisherman, they tell you the same thing — that the numbers have grown, they've exploded in some areas where it was never like that before.

"Now if you had problems with pigs, kangaroos, wild horses, we manage them through culling, all types of effective means, and I know from our efforts with crocodile management numbers in north Queensland that the (State) Government will run 100 miles from any solution that involves killing animals in the process.

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A kangaroo population boom has caused Australian experts and officials to figure out ways to curtail their effect on the land. (ross1248/Getty Images/iStockphoto). Kangaroo meat has been legal across the country since 1993 and the Australian government recognizes it as safe, lean meat with nutrients

Statistically, there is no need for shark culls . According to the Shark Attack File, which tracks shark attacks The devastating consequences of culling young sharks . Professor Day says that shark Dr Day, who has swam with sharks several times, says they are incredibly graceful and beautiful to

"I know we need to be strong with this in the KAP and hold the Government to account. Because I'm sure some part of the solution will be culling or drum lines or those sort of things and the Government is going to run a mile.

"It should be noted that just about every expert who gets rattled out by Fisheries or employed by the Government or any other scientist that's rattled out conveniently seems to contradict what's said by the commercial fishermen who spend all day out there on those seas observing what's going on."

Mr Pitt said sharks were at "plague proportions" off the Queensland coast.

"We have another grieving family in Australia due to a fatal shark attack. I think that's unacceptable," he said.

"I think it's time for action."

Mr Pitt argued reducing shark numbers would reduce the risk to people.

"If it comes down to a choice between a child or an adult... and a shark, well I'm going with the people," he said.

'There will always be sharks'

But shark researcher at James Cook University, Professor Colin Simpfendorfer, said culls rarely work.

"The species that are normally responsible for these sorts of bites are animals that move over large distances," he told ABC News.

"Bull sharks we know move all the way from the Great Barrier Reef down to New South Wales. Tiger sharks move thousands of kilometres every year.

"These animals are highly mobile so these very localised sorts of programs rarely work to actually reduce risks for swimmers."

On Thursday, Queensland Fisheries Minister Mark Furner rejected calls for a broader shark cull.

"That is way over the top. There is no science behind that," Mr Furner said.

"There would be no guarantees of safety by introducing a shark cull. There will always be sharks in the oceans."

The State Government will meet with marine experts and tourism operators in Airlie Beach on Friday to discuss long-term solutions to the shark threat in northern Queensland.

'I just went into attack mode': Man mauled by shark in WA.
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