Croc targeted for removal after dangerous behaviour

Fraser Barton |

The public have been warned to expect crocodiles in northern and far northern Queensland waterways.
The public have been warned to expect crocodiles in northern and far northern Queensland waterways.

Authorities will remove a two-metre juvenile crocodile from the wild after showing signs of dangerous behaviour.

The crocodile that has been regularly seen around Coorooman Creek boat ramp in Zilzie, central Queensland, was reported to the department of Environment, Science and Innovation.

The report came from a member of the public who saw the crocodile sunbathing near the ramp.

“We conducted a spotlight survey, and the crocodile deliberately approached our vessel and showed no fear of wildlife officers or the noise we made,” wildlife officer Alexander Peters said.  

Mr Peters said a two-metre crocodile is considered to be a juvenile and it should be wary of boats, people and of the activity at the boat ramp.

“But it was obvious that the crocodile had become highly habituated, and we believe it has been approaching people in boats for a free feed,” he said.

Mr Peter said it was disappointing authorities have to target the reptile due to the actions of people.

“The deliberate and inadvertent feeding of crocodiles is extremely dangerous behaviour, as the animal will expect food from people and could become aggressive if it doesn’t receive it,” he said.

An inspection of the boat ramp in March showed the crocodile lingering nearby and authorities issued a plea to the local community for the feeding to stop.

Mr Peters said it is “unfortunate” the crocodile will now be placed in a farm or zoo and removed from it’s habitat. 

The public has been warned to remain “crocwise” and expect crocodiles in all northern and far northern Queensland waterways even if there are no warning signs.

AAP