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Crocodile removed from Broome Crocodile Risk Mitigation Area

File Photograph:
Estuarine Crocodile

A 3.7 metre estuarine crocodile has been euthanased at Entrance Point last week after several attempts to remove the animal failed.

The crocodile was reported to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) on Thursday 24 January 2019.

DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service and Broome Shire Rangers immediately attended the scene and closed Cable Beach to swimming and all water based activities.

Parks and Wildlife Service Kimberley Regional Manager Craig Olejnik said the crocodile was within the Broome Crocodile Risk Mitigation Area, which extends from south of Willie Creek to Fall Point near Crab Creek including Cable Beach.

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have been responding to multiple reports of a similar size crocodile within the Broome area over past few months.

“As Cable Beach is a popular recreation area and estuarine crocodiles pose a significant threat to public safety, our immediate priority was to capture and remove the crocodile.

“When this proved unsuccessful, we took the difficult decision to euthanase the animal to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Broome,” Mr Olejnik said.

Mr Olejnik said estuarine crocodiles should always be considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Any suspected sightings should be reported to the Parks and Wildlife Service immediately, so that they can be monitored and removed as soon as possible.

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

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