Crocodile euthanised at Captain Billy’s Landing

Issued: 13 November

Wildlife officers have located and humanely euthanised a crocodile that attacked an off-duty Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) ranger on November 10 just north of Captain Billy’s Landing.

The 2.8 metre crocodile was located around 8pm last night in the ocean near the attack site.

The animal had been spotted during helicopter surveys of the area.

The body of the crocodile has been recovered and buried in consultation with Traditional Owners.

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

At this time of the year, as the Wet Season approaches, larger estuarine crocodiles tend to move around and become aggressive with each other as they search for mates and breeding territories.

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 Captain Billy’s Landing is in Zone E (General Management Zone). This means that crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour are targeted for removal.

Captain Billy’s Landing 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.

See further information on being Crocwise.