Newell saltie caught but croc trap remains
A LARGE crocodile was yesterday removed from Saltwater Creek near Newell Beach.
However the traps are remaining in place in case the 3.5m saltie was not the croc reported by residents.
On Tuesday the saltie was trapped but due to wild weather and the tides, stayed afloat overnight until the rangers could get to Newell Beach about midday yesterday.
It took four rangers to get the large aggressive crocodile and trap out of the water, to transport it to Mission Beach to be assessed before going to a registered crocodile farm or zoo.
The rangers said they believed this was the crocodile recently reported by concerned residents, who spotted a 4m crocodile stalking the beach.
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said that any crocodile displaying behaviour that constitutes a threat to human safety will be targeted for capture and removal.
‘‘Unfortunately the capture of one crocodile does not mean the region is crocodile-free,’’ he said.
‘‘Newell Beach is within an area of known crocodile habitat and if anyone sees other crocodiles in the vicinity, this should be reported to EHP as soon as possible.’’
Cook MP David Kempton said rangers would be actively trapping crocodiles all the time, with several other traps active across the region, but the aim is not to rid the region of crocodiles.
‘‘It’s not a campaign against crocodiles, it is to make places safe for people, whether it be bridges, rivers or boat ramps,’’ he said.
‘‘We ask people to let us know and we will respond, we are not out looking for crocodiles to catch, we are responding to sightings and responding quickly - that’s the policy.’’
Report any crocodile sightings to 1300 130 372, EHP investigates all reports. For more information on being Crocwise in crocodile country go to www.ehp.qld.gov.au.