The passionate plea of the ten-year-old boy to stop rangers capturing four feet of crocodile named Howard, after the reptile as a & # 39; problem crocodile & # 39; Was considered
- The locals spoke to prevent a crocodile from being removed from a QLD creek
- Howard de Croc is regularly seen sunning himself at Saltwater Creek in Miallo
- A large trap has been set in its habitat because it is a & # 39; problem crocodile & # 39; is considered to
- He has no history of being aggressive or threatening and the locals want him to stay
Local residents have stepped up their campaign to prevent a four-meter crocodile from being caught and removed from a waterway in North Queensland.
The crocodile, called Howard, has become the center of a dispute between the Ministry of Environment and Science and residents in Miallo, north of Cairns, after the crocodile was considered a threat.
Howard lives in Saltwater Creek and is always visible from a nearby roadway, where he can be seen while enjoying the sun on the creek bank, and attracts a steady crowd of spectators to see the reptile.
He has no history of being aggressive to people, and the creek in which he lives has several signs to warn people not to go into the water in Croc-land.
The DES received a complaint that Howard was close to the residential area and because of his size and proximity to civilization, he was declared a & # 39; problem process & # 39; and a trap was set to catch him.
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Howard the crocodile (pictured left) in his habitat at Saltwater Creek in Miallo at the crocodile trap that was put on the creek bank to catch him
The fall was put into the creek on August 23rd and Howard is yet to be caught, with the local population in arms about DES's decision to remove the animal from its habitat.
Elroy Woods, a 10-year-old resident who often goes fishing on the river and sees Howard regularly, wrote a letter to Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch, begging to remain Howard.
He appeared sunrise on Sunday and spread his plea to keep Howard in his natural environment.
& # 39; He should not be removed from his own territory after having lived there for a long time, and I think he should stay, & # 39; said Elroy.
& # 39; I am not really afraid of him because I have seen him for five years and have loved him ever since. & # 39;
David White from Solar Whisper Wildlife and Crocodile Cruises appeared on the program with Elroy and spoke about the danger of moving Howard and having another crocodile entering his habitat.
& # 39; Howard has done nothing but be visible from the road, you can see it as you drive by, & # 39; said David.
& # 39; He didn't hurt anyone, he didn't threaten anyone, he is no risk as long as people do the right thing. & # 39;
& # 39; It is a matter of human management rather than a matter of crocodile management. & # 39;
& # 39; Removing him will not make it safer, because another one comes by and the other one who comes by and takes his place can be more dangerous than Howard. & # 39;
& # 39; Howard is a good crocodile because he is visible. & # 39;
When Howard is removed from Saltwater Creek, Elroy has requested that he be taken to the Zoo of Australia, where Terri Irwin they said they would take it.
David White and Elroy Woods (both pictured) want Howard to stay in his natural environment in Saltwater Creek
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