Residents told to stay away from croc trap
THE Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has urged residents to stay clear of Ferndale Lake after a pet dog was killed by a crocodile in the area more than two weeks ago.
Last week the reported on Jan Churchill’s “traumatic experience” of witnessing her labrador Sam get attacked by a crocodile during a midmorning walk around the lake. Sam later died from his injuries.
The attack left Ms Churchill frightened for other dog owners and parents of small children that visit the area.
Since then wildlife officers have begun working to remove the 2.5 metre crocodile that has been declared ‘of concern’ using a floating trap set with pig meat.
“Residents and other users of Warri Park are urged to exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of Ferndale Lake and to avoid the area if possible while the removal operation continues,” said an EHP spokesperson.
“It can take some time for crocodiles to become used to a trap and it is helpful if human activity in the area can be minimised.”
Wildlife officers visited the houses of residents who live close to the lake and urged them to be “CrocWise”.
“Port Douglas is well within known crocodile country and members of the public are reminded to always be CrocWise,” said an EHP spokesperson.
Residents that frequently use the park are unconvinced that removing the croc is the right option.
Gaye McFarlan has been walking her dog in Warri Park for six years and is worried it’s only a short-term fix.
“Crocodiles are very territorial creatures, I think if you remove one another will just come back,” she said.
The trap set with pig meat in Ferndale Lake