Cattle Creek Crocodile Captured In Ingham

A crocodile that lunged at a fisherman on the bank of Cattle Creek, near Ingham was captured in a baited trap on Friday 24 May 2024.

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation set the trap near the Bruce Highway bridge over Cattle Creek, after the 3.6-metre crocodile lunged twice at the fisherman on 18 April 2024.

Wildlife Officer Ella Meeve said the crocodile will be temporarily housed in the department’s Garners beach holding facility while awaiting placement at a crocodile farm or zoo.

“People in Ingham know they are living in Croc Country, and they should expect crocodiles in all local waterways,” Ms Meeve said.

“Crocodiles can remain under underwater for long periods without being seen, waiting to ambush their prey.

“The absence of warning signs does not mean an absence of crocodiles and everyone in Croc Country should be Crocwise by making sensible choices around the water.

“The removal of this animal does not mean there are no longer any crocodiles in Cattle Creek, and fishers are advised to stand well back from the water or behind a barrier such as an esky, while fishing.

“People are responsible for their own safety in Croc Country and being complacent around the water can lead to dangerous situations.

“All crocodile sightings should be reported to the department in a timely manner, as they help give wildlife officers a location and information about the animal’s behaviour.

“Crocodile sightings can be reported via the QWildlife app, via the DESI website or by calling 1300 130 372. Wildlife officers investigate every sighting report.

“Removing estuarine crocodiles from the wild is a last resort, but those that pose a threat to human safety are targeted for removal under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.”

Queenslanders are encouraged to have their say on the new draft Queensland Crocodile Management Plan by completing this survey.

Feedback is encouraged on new crocodile zones and maps, how crocodiles are managed and the process for removing crocodiles from the wild. Consultation on the draft plan closes on 5 June 2024.

Crocwise tips for people in Croc Country:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL northern and far northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
  • Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
  • Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
  • Stay well away from croc traps – that includes fishing and boating
  • The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
  • Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
  • Camp well back from the water
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, at camp sites or at boat ramps
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead.

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