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36 freshwater crocs to be released in Siargao marsh


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BossHog

Not so sure this is such a great idea.

 

I can just see kids tossing rocks at these crocs until someone gets chomped.

 

Some life lessons you just gotta learn the hard way.

 

 

 

"Thirty-six Philippine freshwater crocodiles will
be introduced to the wilds of Siargao Island in the hope of raising the
population of a critically endangered species found only in the
country, environment officials said Tuesday.

The yearling crocodiles, six of them male,
will be released to the Paghowangan Marsh in Barangay (village) Jaboy in
the municipality of Pilar in Surigao del Norte on Friday in what the
Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the environment department
calls a “benign introduction.”

“Based on our assessment, it will balance
the ecosystem of the area, considering that Philippine crocodiles have
reduced in number for many years already. We hope it will enrich the
ecosystem, enrich the waters, and make more species thrive,” PAWB
director Mundita Lim said.

The project is jointly spearheaded by the
PAWB of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the
National Museum, and the Crocodylus Porosus Philippines Inc. (CPPI),
which operates Pag-asa Farms in Kapalong town in Davao del Norte.

Lim said the juvenile crocodiles were bred
in captivity, the offspring of founder stock of Philippine freshwater
crocodile, or Crocodylus mindorensis, loaned by the DENR to Pag-asa
Farms.

They will be placed in a semi-controlled
habitat spanning 120 hectares in the dry season and more than 600
hectares in the wet season, Lim said.

CPPI president Vicente Mercado said there
were human settlements on the project site. “But the people there are
used to crocodiles in the area, since there are Indo-Pacific crocodiles,
particularly in the town of Carmen,” he said.

 

full article here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/376245/ph-freshwater-crocs-to-be-released-in-siargao-marsh-to-propagate-species

 

 

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I heard that freshwater crocs can also sometimes survive in saltwater - at least the surf spots near pilar might not be as crowded!

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CardiacKid

Any bets on how many survive after the locals discover they can kill them and use them for lechon? Maybe croc on a stick? Folks is hungry out there. They might look on it as a new feeding program by the government.

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jaxsurfingatorncebu

 This should prove to an interesting project. I understand the reasoning. But question the  rational. Maybe in a few years I can take up Croc hunting???

    I also think some surf spots may become dangerous and therefore less crowded!   :-))

 

  Be Well

  Marc

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Brucewayne

Population control perhaps?

I am sorry, but I feel that there is a good reason for some animals to go extinct and animals that eat humans get no sympathy from me.

When I think about all of the animals that should have been helped, Crocs and gators are not at the top of my list.

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tomaw

There are 7,000 islands in The Philippines. Couldn't they find just one of them that is totally undeveoped to put the crocs on? One of two things will happen sooner or later: the crocs will attack a person or people will attack the crocs.

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Edwin

We have some big gators all across the southern USA without problems. Like crocs, they are less dangerous than cars jeepneys. I just wouldn't ride on one.

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BossHog

Saving a species is one thing.

 

But they're introducing a crocodile into a habitat where there is no evidence that it previously existed.

 

The salt water (Indo-Pacific) crocs are here but not this variety. (Mindorensis)

 

Why not introduce the critters into a place where they are known to have lived before?

 

Plus, this is almost literally in my backyard.

 

I think I now know who stole all the duck eggs!

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broden

now you can get some croc eggs

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jaxsurfingatorncebu

  I lived in Miami Florida for over 30yrs. I remember a time when gators where very hard to find. Then they regulated gator hunting , stopping it for several years. Now there are a few guys who make a living going after nuisence gators and other critters, And you can get a permit and be assigned an area to hunt gators and also have a limit that you can kill.

   The real problem in theEverglades now is the Constrictors that were originally imported as pets, but when they got to big people would turn them lose in the Glades.They thrive in this environment, but also wreak havoc on the eco system!

  Just goes to show that sometimes man should not interfere with Mother Nature!

 

  Be Well

  Gator

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Spango58

Here in Northern Australia we have the Saltwater Crocodile and the Johnstone Freshwater Crocodile, the Saltie is the one to be careful of, the Freshwater Crocodile here is harmless, i have seen them whilst camping in Lakeside National Park years ago, they dont grow any longer then about 6 foot, are shy and will take to water on the sight of any human, as for the ones they intend to let go in the Phils i would say they are possibly the same Freshwater Croc we get here.

 

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Mark

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Brucewayne

now you can get some croc eggs

What a croc(k)!

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I don't think I would worry too much about it. Freshies are fish eaters and don't grow big. Salties, which are already there on Siargao, have no problems taking people, livestock and pets. In addition, Salties also kill and eat freshies, so maybe this is just to create a better foodsource for the salties, so they don't go after your kids.

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