hunters get snappy, by Christine Sams - 19th September
(placed in media by Media Man Australia)
Steve Irwin is locked in battle with another Queensland
adventurer over the use of the name "crocodile
management sent a letter to long-time crocodile hunter
Mick Pittman asking him to stop using the name "crocodile
hunter", which has been trademarked by Best Picture
Show, the company behind Irwin's business empire.
a letter written by John Harrison from Best Picture
Show, Mr Pittman was asked to "remove any reference
of the words 'Crocodile Hunter' from your advertising,
promotions, website etc".
letter so enraged Mr Pittman, who has been hunting
crocodiles for 24 years, he phoned Australia Zoo,
in Beerwah, Queensland to complain.
Mr Pittman was visited by Bundaberg police. A spokeswoman
for Queensland police confirmed Irwin made a complaint
about an abusive phone call from Mr Pittman.
officers took no action, but the incident has created
just not fair," said Mr Pittman, who insists
crocodile hunter is "an occupational term".
Pittman said he will battle Irwin for the right to
use the name.