Crocodile removed, Coorumba

Issued: 20 Mar 2023

Photo of the crocodile which will be rehomed in a licensed crocodile farm or zoo.Open larger image

The crocodile will be rehomed in a licensed crocodile farm or zoo.

Wildlife Officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) have removed an estuarine crocodile from a creek near Innisfail after it displayed bold behaviour towards the officers.

The 1.7 metre crocodile was removed from Fishers Creek, in a section of water above a series of rapids near the Palmerston Highway at Coorumba.

On the evening of 16 March 2023, DES Wildlife Officers carried out a site inspection following a recent crocodile sighting report from a resident in the area.

While wildlife officers were undertaking a boat survey of the creek, the crocodile rapidly approached the vessel.

The crocodile’s bold behaviour made it easy for wildlife officers to secure the reptile and bring it to shore.

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Coorumba is located in Zone E (General Management Zone), which means all crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour are targeted for removal.

Senior Wildlife Officer Dinouk Perera said Wildlife Officers also took the opportunity to share important Crocwise messaging with residents living close to the creek, to reiterate the need to be mindful of crocodiles in Croc Country.

“Fishers Creek is an unusual spot to find a saltwater crocodile, but it’s not impossible for crocs to be found in the area,” Mr Perera said.

“This is a timely reminder to expect crocodiles in all Croc Country waterways, even if there are no warning signs around.”

The crocodile was taken to a secure DES facility where she will remain until a suitable home is found in a licensed crocodile farm or zoo.

Members of the public are encouraged to report all crocodile sightings as soon as possible, by using the QWildlife App on their smart phone or by calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all reports it receives.

The Innisfail region is well known Croc Country and people are reminded to always be Crocwise. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL Cassowary Coast 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.