Croc warning in Central province

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People in Buena Vista and surrounding islands in the Central province are being warned of an increasing number of crocodile sightings.

A Mr Desmond Probets Mae told Island Sun yesterday villages in Buena Vista are at risk from the reptiles, especially along the coast and creeks.

“Advice is needed as to how they can reduce the number of the growing population of crocs and the crocodile threat to the community at Kobuana village.

“Our elders advised people within Kobuana to be cautious of crocodiles and to keep away from crocodile’s hot spots.

“They are now calling on the Tulagi Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to hunt the increasing number of crocodiles before someone from the community becomes a victim,” Mae said.

He said the community members needed assistance from the police because they were afraid of the increasing number of crocodiles.

Tulagi police station, when contacted yesterday, confirmed having received reports of the increased sightings of the reptile.

“I would like to call on the people to call the police station if you locate any crocodile resting places.

“This means police have to request assistance from the RSIPF response team to do the actual hunting of crocodiles,” a Tulagi police officer told Island Sun.

He appeals to communities to keep away from crocodiles and quickly reports to police.