Aboriginal ranger is killed by crocodile
A wildlife ranger was killed yesterday by a large crocodile in Australia’s Northern Territory.
The aboriginal woman was snatched in the remote Arnhem Land area, 130 miles south-west of the indigenous community of Yirrkala. Her body was recovered by police yesterday. Officers said the ranger had been fishing waistdeep in a river with her family.
The victim is thought to have been part of the Yirrkala Rangers programme, which employs about 50 people to care for a large section of traditional land belonging to the Yolngu people. The state’s employment safety watchdog, NT WorkSafe, said it was investigating.
Crocodile attacks in the Northern Territory claimed 14 lives between 2005 and 2014, according to research published last year.
The last fatal crocodile attack in Australia was in October last year when a 79-year-old dementia patient, Anne Cameron, was killed after she wandered off from her nursing home at Port Douglas in Queensland state.
Crocodiles have been a protected species in Australia since the 1970s, which has led to an explosion in their population across the country’s tropical north. Because saltwater crocodiles can live up 70 years and grow throughout their lives – reaching up to seven metres in length – the proportion of large crocodiles is also rising.