Officals still dithering on croc help

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 November, 2003, 12:00am

The help of foreign crocodile hunters is still being considered after the reptile in Yuen Long Creek avoided capture on the weekend.

Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department assistant director Lai Ching-wai said the decision would depend on future circumstances. His comment came after the crocodile evaded captors on Saturday, twice entering a baited cage, which failed to close.

Last Thursday, the department postponed accepting Australian expert John Lever's offer to catch the 1.2-metre crocodile free of charge.

Mr Lai said the young and small crocodile was not life-threatening but would become dangerous when it grew bigger.

Should professional crocodile hunters be called in? - C2