Croc relocated from Reef Park Lake
AFTER receiving footage of a crocodile lounging in a Reef Park property’s front yard, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection trapped and removed a 2.5 metre crocodile.
Last Friday afternoon, two weeks after the trap was deployed in the Reef Park Lake adjacent to St Crispins Road, the crocodile was captured and removed.
A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokeswoman said the Wildlife officers removed crocodile after they found out about it’s leisurely strolls through the Port Douglas suburb.
“The animal was declared a crocodile of concern because of its proximity to homes,” she said.
MP David Kempton said his position still stands that if a crocodile by size, behaviour or location is a threat to people in populated areas, it should be removed.
“You cannot remove a crocodile to another location because it has been proven they will come back,” he said.
“Considering people in tourism make money from crocodiles, we need to find a common balance between leaving them and controlling the population.”
EHP remind people to continue being Croc-Wise living in a region inhabited by the reptiles, including making sure children are always supervised around waterways. “Obey croc warning signs, don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live and be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean,” the spokeswoman said.
“Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting, never provoke, harass or feed crocs and never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp.”
The 2.5m crocodile is currently awaiting its new home in a zoo or farm. Report Crocodile sightings on 1300 130 372.
Ranger Matt Brien and the 2.5m croc