Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Dangerous protected reptiles



Date:  June 27, 2018
Source:  University of Freiburg

Summary:
Attacks by crocodiles have been rising in South East Asia since they became protected animals, a study finds.

The south-east Asian island state of East Timor has a problem with crocodiles. Between 2007 and 2014 there was a sharp increase in attacks on humans. Many of these attacks were fatal. Sebastian Brackhane, a research assistant in the Department of Remote Sensing and Landscape Information Systems of the University of Freiburg, has analyzed data on crocodile attacks in relation to a rise in the population of estuarine crocodiles in East Timor. The results of his field study have been published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.


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