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Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013



Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013


Fukuda, Yusuke; Delaney, Robyn; Leach, Gregory J

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Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport


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The draft program is open for public comment to Friday 29 May 2009. Includes Summary document.


Date:2009-04; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




Crocodylus porosus -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Conservation -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Control -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Government Policy -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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60 pages : illustration, maps ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://hdl.handle.net/10070/214159[Final Edition]

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Draft Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory 9 Figure 2: Favourable Saltwater Crocodile habitat in the Northern Territory reserve system predicted from hydrography and vegetation layers in GEODATA TOPO 250K Series 3. Criteria for favourable habitat are favourable water body types (land subject to inundation, marine swamp, saline coastal flat, swamp, perennial lake, perennial watercourses, and mangrove) mapped to 100 km from the coastline. 2.3.2 Significant wetlands outside reserves A major part of the range of C. porosus in the Northern Territory also lies within either Aboriginal Lands or pastoral lands. Pastoralists, local communities and/or their legal representatives control activities likely to affect habitats, or which may be detrimental to the long-term conservation of Saltwater Crocodiles. These protocols and restrictions offer significant protection for wetland areas. 2.4 Nuisance Saltwater Crocodiles In addition to raising community awareness about, and the responsibility for living with crocodiles, the most practical and effective response to improve public safety is to remove crocodiles in areas of high risk for people. Crocodile management in the Northern Territory makes provisions for the removal of nuisance crocodiles (mostly C. porosus) from areas where they may cause harm to people and their property. Nuisance crocodiles are defined broadly as those individuals that occur within settled areas or areas of recreational use where public safety is the prime consideration, and those that attack stock in pastoral areas. In some areas, such as around Darwin, the Katherine River near Katherine and designated swimming areas in National Parks (e.g. Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park), any C. porosus, regardless of size, is considered a nuisance animal. These areas are treated as No Tolerance zones and an active trapping and surveillance program endeavours to maintain these areas crocodile free.

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