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Florida Keys mayor wants crocodile gone

May 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM
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ISLAMORADA, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- A mayor in the Florida Keys says he wants crocodiles removed from areas occupied by humans for the safety of children and pets.

Islamorada Mayor Michael Reckwerdt said he wants experts on the reptiles to address the Village Council May 24 to discuss keeping the crocs away from populated areas, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

"There weren't any crocs around when I was a kid," Reckwerdt said.

However, he said recent crocodile attacks on people and pets in the Key Largo area have made him fear for the safety of pets and children. He said he no longer allows his young children to swim in the canal.

"What's it going to do to our tourism economy when another pet is killed or, God forbid, something else?" Reckwerdt said.

The mayor said he is hoping a solution can be found that doesn't involve killing the crocodiles but he will not rule out euthanizing the animals.

"At what point do we do something about this?" Reckwerdt asked. "You look at areas where they're plentiful -- Australia, the Nile -- they eat people."

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