Weipa crocodile removed from the wild

Issued: 8 Feb 2021

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) have humanely euthanised a 3.6 metre crocodile that attacked a man at Vyce’s Crossing in Weipa.

Wildlife officers captured the crocodile on February 6, 2021 about 50 metres upstream of the swimming hole where the attack occurred on January 31, 2021.

The animal was in poor condition, emaciated and missing several teeth, and a decision was made to humanely euthanise it.

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

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

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, the Weipa region is in Zone E (General Management Zone). This means that crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour are targeted for removal.

Weipa is known Croc Country and people in the area are reminded 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.

Further information on being Crocwise is available.