THE Mowbray River, in the authorities’ spotlight over the death of Port Douglas aged care resident Anne Cameron, is home to between 10 and 15 crocodiles, according to a local fisherman highly familiar with the waterway.
Rangers captured and killed a 4.3 metre crocodile in the Mowbray on Tuesday. Forensic examination revealed human remains which are believed to be of the missing woman, Mrs Cameron, who had gone for a walk from the Ozcare Facility in Craiglie the previous Tuesday afternoon.
Last Thursday some of her personal items, and human flesh, were discovered by searchers in a creek bed that runs to the sea a kilometre north of the Mowbray.
Rangers who searched for the crocodile involved in the death of Mrs Cameron speculated this week that the culprit was possibly a newcomer to the area.
The fisherman who spoke to the Gazette yesterday said the river was “infested with crocodiles” and he believed the EHP rangers, who may not visit the waterway very often, were probably surprised to realise the extent of the population.
The fisherman drew a map of the location and size of various resident crocodiles.
As well as the three often visible from the Mowbray Bridge, lying on mudflats on the western side of the bridge, there are several more in the upper reaches of the river including one especially large croc.
On the seaward side of the bridge, there is a large one, missing part of a leg, which is usually around the old bridge. Below that to the east are several more including a couple of very large ones.
The fisherman showed video of a five metre croc in the lower part of the river.
A woman who works in Port Douglas has video, shot in the river, of a battle-scarred croc that was “bigger than our tinnie”.