Croc­wise warn­ings ig­nored

Shepparton News - Country News - - EUROA SHOW 2018 -

A salt­wa­ter crocodile al­most 5 m long has been caught in a North­ern Ter­ri­tory river where peo­ple reg­u­larly swim.

Rangers snared the 4.72 m rep­tile at the MacArthur River cross­ing near Bor­roloola.

It came as a shock that swim­mers had also been vis­it­ing the site, NT Parks and Wildlife ranger An­drew Peck­ham said last Wed­nes­day.

The croc is the big­gest caught in the Ter­ri­tory this year, with 4.7 m sal­ties also col­lected at Kather­ine and in Dar­win Har­bour.

Mr Peck­ham said rangers were so con­cerned peo­ple from Arn­hem Land and the Gulf of Car­pen­taria were ig­nor­ing signs and the ‘Croc­wise’ safety cam­paigns that they took the cap­tured crocodile — which was killed — to the lo­cal school and com­mu­nity to be seen.

‘‘That was just to re­in­force to be croc­wise; these an­i­mals are real and you are pretty much liv­ing in crocodile coun­try,’’ he told ABC ra­dio.

‘‘Pretty much all around the top end peo­ple still don’t seem to heed warn­ing signs and still put them­selves at risk by swim­ming in these ar­eas that are in­hab­ited with crocodiles.’’

Peo­ple’s safety was ul­ti­mately their own re­spon­si­bil­ity and they should only swim in ar­eas that were man­aged and deemed safe, Mr Peck­ham said.

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