A 3.2 metre estuarine crocodile that was approaching fishers and boats at Saunders Beach, north of Townsville, has been removed by wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES).
On 8 September 2022, the male crocodile was captured in a baited trap placed in Althaus Creek. It is now being held at a secure DES facility in Townsville while waiting to be rehomed into a crocodile farm or zoo.
After recently receiving a sighting report from the public, DES wildlife officers undertook day and night-time site assessments in the Althaus Creek landing area to determine if the animal posed an unacceptable threat to humans.
They observed the crocodile swimming near moored boats and a boat ramp, and were advised by local fishers that it had also been coming close to people fishing in the creek.
Due to the crocodile’s bold behaviour, large size and proximity to three popular boat ramps, a busy fishing spot and a camping area, DES declared the animal a ‘problem crocodile’ and it was targeted for removal as a matter of public safety.
Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan Althaus Creek lies within Zone E (General Management zone).
This means crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour in the area are targeted for removal.
Crocodile sightings in Queensland should be reported to DES as soon as possible by using the QWildlife app (available for Apple and Android phones); by using the sighting report online, or by calling 1300 130 372