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Posted by bigsnakedaddy on May 17, 2003 at 06:48:43:
In Reply to: RE: Dear Roark... posted by boiga on May 16, 2003 at 22:15:07:
:I don't think hooks should even be an option when capturing these animals at close range. Nets, ropes and even snare poles would work perfectly. Also animal tongs (available from midwest) would work fine for such instances. Using a hook is just an easy and faster method of capture, which is no excuse for hooking the animals. These animals may be tough, however the flesh inside of the mouth is soft and obviously no where near as durable as their hide.
:For a 2 foot animal, tongs or a snare pole would work perfectly and humanely. Check out midwest (tongs.com) I'm almost positive they would be happy to make custom sizes for your needs, whether it be longer tongs/snare poles, or thicker tubing for dealing with larger animals. Ropes, monofilament netting, and even large fishing nets are other humane options. Hooks should not even be an option.
All these methods were employed for a considerable amount of time without results. The park has the finest equipment available, including many fine midwest products. (I do ads for midwest). Gator kept going under murky water. Due to time constraints and strict insurance regulations this worldwide practice being an acceptable method in the professional crocodilian community was successfully employed. Hooking is not my first or even second choice. It was however the final choice. Again all methods were utilized without success forcing last choice to be employed. While you are certainly entitled to your opinion it is not shared by the professional crocodilian community at large.