CANBERRA: An Australian state is trialling the use of drones at popular beaches to keep beachgoers safe from crocodiles.
The Lifeguards are being trained to live on the streets of Mission Island and the Port Douglas in the north-eastern Queensland, state Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said on July 13.
use the machines and will pass on any crocodile activity in the area to local wildlife officers, with the state government setting Aus $ 105,000 (RM313,923) to cover the project.
“This funding will not only help [lifesavers] manage beach-goer safety, but the information obtained will help our government to learn more about crocodile movements and patterns of behaviour when observed near beaches,” local lawmaker Craig Crawford said.
Queensland's crocodile population is currently not known. Last year, there were four attacks by the animals, including two fatal ones.
Native saltwater crocodiles are highly mobile and often use oceans to travel long distances between estuaries.
The state government has said 84 “problem” crocodiles were removed from the northern coastal waters in 2017, as part of the three-year-long Queensland crocodile management plan.
Enoch said the crocodile monitoring program will “Crocwise in Croc country”.
The report said authorities had eight unlawful deaths of crocodiles last year, which resulted in three prosecutions.
Crocodiles are protected animals in Australia, with those larger than five meters in length given an “iconic” status. – dpa