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Crocodile killers use dogs as bait - Sri Lanken Press Item


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Inviato da Wes von Papinešu on Novembre 25, 1999 at 11:43:40:

DAILY NEWS (Columbo, Sri Lanka) 21October 99 Letter to Editor: Crocodile killers use dogs as bait
A group of people in Matara are reported to be killing dogs to be used as bait to kill crocodiles in the Nilwala Ganga for the suspected sale of crocodile skins. This follows the recent death of a 22 year old youth, killed by a crocodile while he was bathing in the river at Piladuwa, near the new railway bridge. This part of the river is known for the presence of crocodiles.
A few days ago, some people of the area baited, trapped and killed a 16 ft. long crocodile close to the place where the youth was killed. The people believe it to be the same crocodile that killed the youth. Arrangements were made to hand over the carcass of the crocodile to the Wild Life authorities at Hambantota.
Since then, crocodile baiting is being resorted to by a group of people, in what they say is an attempt to clear the Nilwala Ganga of these protected reptiles that have been living in the Nilwala Ganga for centuries. The method adopted by these crocodile killers is to kill dogs and use them as bait to attract the crocodiles, and when trapped beat them to death. Two other crocodiles have been killed in this manner after the crocodile that was suspected of killing the youth was killed.
This group of dog and crocodile killers are reportedly directing operations from a house at Thotamuna.
There are now reports that two more dogs have been killed today (Thursday 14) by this group of people to bait more crocodiles for killing. It is suspected that these killings are now being done for the purpose of selling the crocodile skins, while attempting to show the public that they are trying to make the Nilwala safe for bathing.
The Matara Police have been informed of these illegal killings. It is expected that the Wildlife Protection authorities and the Police would intervene to put a stop to these illegal and brutal killings, and bring the offenders to book.
Sagarica Rajakarunanayake




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