Beach Holm crocodile removed

Issued: 13 Aug 2020

Department of Environment and Science (DES) wildlife officers have humanely euthanised a small crocodile in Black River, Beach Holm, north of Townsville, after it began displaying aggressive behaviour and was believed to have attacked a number of dogs.

Initially wildlife officers installed a baited trap to capture the animal but this was unsuccessful.

Wildlife officers then attempted a direct capture of the animal during high tides in early August, but the wary animal stayed well away from the vessel.

After these unsuccessful attempts, wildlife officers determined due to the risk the animal posed to the community, the crocodile should be euthanised.

On August 10, wildlife officers humanely euthanised the animal.

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Black River is located within the Zone E (General Management Zone).

In Zone E, any estuarine crocodile displaying dangerous behaviour is targeted for removal by DES wildlife officers.

Any crocodiles that poses a threat to human safety are targeted for removal under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

A larger, approximately 3.5 metre crocodile, at the mouth of Black River has not been behaving aggressively and is not being targeted for removal.

Members of the public are encouraged to report crocodile sightings to DES as soon as possible, by calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all sighting reports it receives.

Black River is known Croc Country and people in the area are reminded to always be Crocwise. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL 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, at camp sites or at boat ramps
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in Croc Country
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

Find further information on being Crocwise.