Lake Placid crocodile incident

Issued: 28 Jan 2021

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are investigating after a man was bitten by a crocodile at Lake Placid in the Cairns region.

The man was swimming in the lake at about 12:45pm when he was bitten by the crocodile around the head and shoulders, receiving minor injuries.

He was taken to hospital by the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Wildlife officers will conduct a site assessment of Lake Placid and seek further information about the attack to assist with the removal of the animal.

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Lake Placid is within Zone B (Active Removal Zone). This means that any crocodile confirmed to be present is targeted for removal by DES and its contractors.

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

The Wet Season is breeding time for estuarine crocodiles and they may behave more aggressively and become more territorial at this time.

DES is reminding people that Lake Placid and the Cairns region is known Croc Country and urge people in the area to always be Crocwise. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL 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 water, camp site or boat ramp
  • 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 or the QWildlife App.

Further information is available at Be Crocwise.