Crocodile captured at Ingham

December 19, 2023 10:00 am in by

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have captured a 2.5m crocodile that was resting in Palm Creek near Rotary Park in central Ingham.

Senior Wildlife Officer Tony Frisby says the crocodile was captured using a harpoon, which hooks into the animal’s skin but doesn’t cause any harm.

“Using a harpoon is a direct method of capture and takes a lot of skill and experience to get close enough to the crocodile before the animal submerges.

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“A wildlife officer was reviewing social media this morning and noticed videos of the crocodile resting in floodwaters in the middle of the town.

“Our experienced wildlife team mobilised from Townsville and conducted a site assessment when we arrived.

“The crocodile generated a lot of interest and I’d like to thank local police officers for setting up a perimeter that allowed wildlife officers to get to work.

“It was a fantastic effort by wildlife officers to remove the animal by harpoon without needing to set a trap.

“People in flood affected areas cannot be complacent and the capture of this animal is a timely reminder that crocodiles can turn up in unusual places, including places they have never been seen before.”

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Members of the public are encouraged to report all crocodile sightings as soon as possible, through the QWildlife app or by calling 1300 130 372.

Wildlife officers investigate every report they receive, and estuarine crocodiles that pose a threat to human safety are targeted for removal under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

Crocwise tips for people in Croc Country:

  • 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 the water, camp sites or boat ramps
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead