Rogue crocodile trapped, identified by teeth
ENVIRONMENTAL experts say a crocodile that was caught in a trap last week is the one responsible for an attack on a fisherman in far North Queensland.
The Department of Environment and Resource Management said the threemetre crocodile was caught last Thursday in Trunding Creek near Weipa, the same creek as the attack.
‘‘ DERM officers compared photos of bite marks and an impression of the crocodile’s teeth to identify the animal,’’ DERM spokesman Scott Sullivan said.
‘‘ It was responsible for the attack on a 28-year-old man at Weipa on Wednesday, March 9.’’
Todd Bairstow was bitten on the legs by the animal while fishing on a bank of Trunding Creek.
He held onto a mangrove until a bystander arrived to help fend off the animal, whacking it with a tree branch until it let go.
Mr Bairstow suffered horrific, but not life threatening injuries from the attack, including dislocated joints and extensive lacerations.
The croc was taken to Cairns and will be sent to a farm or zoo.
CAUGHT: the crocodile that attacked a man near Weipa recently