Croc re­lo­cated from Reef Park Lake

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

Ranger Matt Brien and the 2.5m croc

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