Newell Beach croc captured
A CROC measuring almost four metres and trapped by rangers off Newell Beach this week is believed to be the elusive saltie which has been stalking beachgoers and their dogs recently.
Environment and Heritage Protection rangers found the 3.7m long crocodile inside the trap at Saltwater Creek on Tuesday and relocated it to Mission beach for assessment yesterday.
It was the second crocodile caught in the same trap in less than a month, however this time they believe it was the crocodile swimming in close proximity to Newell Beach.
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said reports of a second crocodile swimming in close proximity to Newell Beach had been received after the first crocodile was caught.
‘‘With this in mind, we opted to leave the trap in place,’’ Mr Powell said.
‘‘Newell Beach is within an area of known crocodile habitat and any crocodile in the area that displays behaviour that constitutes a threat to human safety will be targeted for capture and removal.’’
Newell Beach resident Dallas Warren, who first alerted authorities to the large crocodile’s menacing behaviour, said it was a relief the crocodile had been caught.
‘‘It’ll be a bit safer down here now they have got rid of that problem boy, we can stick our toes in the water for now until the next one comes along,’’ he said.
‘‘Up the other end there is a crocodile that just sits there and smiles at everyone, he is a local and not bad but this guy was nasty, going for the dogs, so it’s great news and a bit of relief, even though you still have to be careful in the tropics.’’
Cook MP David Kempton has been pushing for more control over problem crocodiles in the region and said they were confident the problem crocodile has been trapped, although they are now on to the next one.
‘‘ A four- metre crocodile was reported in Dickson Inlet today (Wednesday),’’ he said.
‘‘We could do nothing or get an overactive campaign to get rid of every crocodile, but we need to be practical about this and where a crocodile is potentially interacting with people, we are going to remove them.
‘‘If we cleared all the crocodiles out of the area people will believe it’s safe to go swimming and have a false sense of security, we can’t shift all the crocodiles and they do move back in, we are going to have this problem into the future.’’
Crocodile sightings can be reported to 1300 130 372 at any time. Information on how to be Crocwise go to www.ehp.qld.gov.au