Aerial search fails to find trace of Fat Al­bert

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE search for the king croc of the Dain­tree River slowly con­tin­ues as the Queens­land Po­lice con­ducted an aerial search for ev­i­dence within the last week.

For al­most eight weeks now Fat Al­bert, the al­pha male of the Dain­tree, has been missing from his home.

In the past Fat Al­bert has been re­ported to be a very healthy, mid­dle aged and ter­ri­to­rial crocodile that is of­ten spot­ted in the river by the tour op­er­a­tors.

Tour op­er­a­tors say it is un­usual for a male croc to dis­ap­pear in the mid­dle of breed­ing sea­son.

The Depart­ment of En­v­i­ron- ment and Re­source Man­age­ment (DERM) of­fi­cers have con­ducted ex­hausted en­quiries through­out the lo­cal com­mu­nity and can’t seem to find him.

Through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion there were no signs of the crocodile or ev­i­dence of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity linked to his dis­ap­pear­ance.

The de­lib­er­ate killing of a crocodile is an of­fence on the Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Act and pushed by a fine up to $22, 500.

Any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion or ev­i­dence should con­tact Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice on 1300 130 372.

Still missing: Fat Al­bert has van­ished from the Dain­tree River

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