Wildlife Officers from Queensland’s Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) have removed a small crocodile from Palm Creek at Garbutt Park in Ingham.
Wildlife Officer, Ella Meeve said on 29 January, DESI received a report of a one-metre crocodile in the park from a member of the public.
“We conducted a site assessment and observed the animal on the bank near a park bench,” Ms Meeve said.
“Unfortunately, we also observed discarded food in the park, and the crocodile’s behaviour indicated that it had been fed.
“As a result of being fed, the crocodile had become habituated and was deemed to be a risk to public safety.
“Although the crocodile measured only one metre in length, feeding crocodiles is extremely foolish as it places the public in danger.”
She said the crocodile was transported directly to a licensed farm.
People in the Croc Country are urged to report all crocodile sightings in a timely manner, and wildlife officers investigate every sighting report.
Crocodile sightings can be reported to DES by using the QWildlife app, submitting a sighting report via the DES website, or by calling 1300 130 372.
Crocwise tips for people in Ingham:
- expect crocodiles in all northern and far northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
- obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
- be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
- stay well away from croc traps – that includes fishing and boating
- the smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
- stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
- camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
- never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, camp sites or boat ramps
- never provoke, harass or feed crocs
- always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead.
Further information on being Crocwise see Be Crocwise in Croc Country.