Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) have removed a 2.5 metre crocodile from a private property near Cardwell in north Queensland.
Wildlife officers set a trap for the animal after the residents reported that it moved into a lagoon on their property, not far from their backyard.
It is understood the animal moved into the lagoon during localised flooding caused by Cyclone Jasper had made the water level rise.
The residents were understandably concerned for the safety of their family which includes small children, pets and livestock.
Wildlife Officer Ella Meeve thanked the family for reporting the crocodile to the department so promptly.
“Even though Cardwell is known Croc Country, to find the animal at a fence only 20 metres from their house was concerning,” Ms Meeve said.
“Although Cyclone Kirrily delayed our plans to remove the crocodile, we were able to install a trap once the wild weather passed and water levels stabilised.
“Fortunately, it only took a few days for the crocodile to enter the trap, and we’ve been able to safely capture and remove it from the property.
“This is a good reminder that crocodiles can turn up in unexpected places across Croc Country, especially during the wet season, so it’s important to always report croc sightings to DESI as soon as you can.”
The crocodile has been transported to the department’s holding facility in Townsville, where it will stay until wildlife officers can secure a new home for the animal at a licensed farm or zoo.
Crocwise tips for people in North and Far North Queensland:
- 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 at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
- never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, camp sites or boat ramps
- never provoke, harass or feed crocs
- always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead.