Search is on for croc­o­dile trap ‘id­iots’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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The Dept of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion told the it was work­ing with po­lice to iden­tify the men in the pho­tos on face­book. There are hefty fines for in­ter­fer­ing with a croc trap.

The depart­ment also con­firmed the trap was not se­cured when its of­fi­cers came to re­move it on Thurs­day (Oc­to­ber 19).

Sev­eral peo­ple liv­ing on boats in the In­let told the

that af­ter the del­uge of rain last week the trap had bro­ken free from its lo­ca­tion near the public pon­toon on the in­let and had drifted seaward to­ward the Sugar Wharf.

One said it had been swing­ing around and hit three boats on the way.

One lo­cal liv­ing on a boat in the In­let this week asked other boat­ies to re­frain from throw­ing food scraps into the wa­ter.

He said it was never a good thing to feed wildlife, as it made them more de­pen­dent and cre­ated a habit of hang­ing around peo­ple. “One of our neigh­bours on a boat was bailed up by a croc a few weeks ago,” he said. “He was too scared to leave his boat. It was hang­ing around just un­der­neath it. We told him to stop throw­ing his scraps over­board. It’s mak­ing a bad sit­u­a­tion.”

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