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Department of Environment and Science

Queensland Government

Department of Environment and Science

Crocodile death investigation, Innisfail

16 May 2018

DES staff are investigating the suspicious death of a large crocodile in the Innisfail area last month.

On Sunday 29 April 2018, DES wildlife officers recovered the carcass of a 4.3 metre estuarine crocodile from the banks of the South Johnstone River at a farm at Wangan, south of Innisfail.

The animal appeared to have been shot.

In Queensland the illegal taking of a crocodile carries a maximum penalty of $28,383.

DES is currently investigating this incident and therefore no further details can be provided at this time.

DES is asking for anyone with information about this incident to contact the Department on 1300 130 372, callers can choose to remain anonymous.

Community members are reminded that crocodiles are a threatened species and should not be approached or interfered with.

Last updated
16 May 2018