Feisty two-metre crocodile removed from Kurrimine

Issued: 22 Apr 2022

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The 2m crocodile was removed from the wild after exhibiting bold behaviour.

A two-metre crocodile that was hanging around a caravan park and boat ramp at Kurrimine Beach in far north Queensland has been removed from the wild.

The crocodile was captured in a baited trap on 21 April 2022 and will be rehomed to a farm or zoo.

A member of the public reported the crocodile to DES recently via the QWildlife app. Wildlife officers later confirmed the presence of the animal in an estuary at Kurrimine Beach, south of Innisfail.

The animal was unusually bold for its size, and given its location, it was declared a dangerous crocodile and targeted for removal from the wild.

When the trap was set, the animal was quickly captured overnight.

People are responsible for their own safety in croc country, but under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Kurrimine Beach is within Zone D (Targeted Beach Management Zone).

This means any crocodile two metres or greater in length, or any crocodile displaying dangerous behaviour, is targeted for removal.

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

All crocodile sightings can be reported by using the free QWildlife app or by calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all reports it receives.

People in croc country are reminded to always be Crocwise at all times. 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
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

Visit Be Crocwise for further information.

Photos of the crocodile are available in the media centre.