Recent conservation efforts in the Florida Everglades to save the American crocodile from the brink of extinction have been effective: good thing. Territorial crocodiles hanging out in Floridian’s back yards, however: bad thing. The worst part? Once a crocodile is removed from its favorite haunt, it will travel tens, sometimes hundreds of miles to return, using the Earth’s magnetic field as a guide. Now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has turned to an interesting method of deterring the crocs’ return once they have been relocated – taping magnets to the crocodiles’ heads to screw up their sense of electric field direction.
What’s my name? Who are you? Where are you taking me?
The “magnet” method was first publicized by Mexico’s Crocodile Museum in Chiapas (Museo de los Monstruos Reptillianos Gigantes y Atterradorissimos) as effective.
“We said, ‘Hey, we might as well give this a try,” Lindsey Hord, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s crocodile response coordinator, said to Reuters on Tuesday…Another solidly reasoned decision in Florida!
Either way the Mexican Crocodile Museum has reported success with relocation of over 20 crocodiles using the magnet method. Before everyone starts freaking out about whether or not this is a humane solution, it is important to note that they are simply taping on common laboratory magnets to the crocs’ heads temporarily.
Hord explained to Reuters, “We just put the magnets on when they’re captured and since they don’t know where we take them, they’re lost. The hope would be that they stay where we take them to.”
Ok, are you calm now? Too bad! Because one of the two American crocs who underwent magneto-duct-tape-treatment was recently run over by a car and killed! The driver reported that she attempted to swerve around the reptile but her car was pulled toward it by some unseen force.***
Just to be fair, we think that the FFWCC should test this method on some elderly folks and see if they can find their way back to Golden Acres Retirement Home from the Cracker Barrel.
***Portions of this paragraph may not be “factual”.
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