New tech aims to keep everyone safe from crocs
Summer is upon us and with the warmer weather comes the warning to be wary of crocodile activity in Far Northern Queensland waters.
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch urged everyone to be ‘crockwise’ this summer to ensure everyone stays safe near the water.
“With the increased crocodile activity that summer brings this is more important than ever, so I want everyone who lives in or visiting croc country to be extra vigilant,” she said.
“I am urging all Queenslanders to report a crocodile as soon as they spot one.
“The Department of Environment and Science investigates all reports it receives, and problem crocodiles are always targeted for removal.
“Figures are proving that this reporting method, and an increase in education, is working.”
There have been 14 crocodile attacks in Queensland since 2008 with two of those occurring in Port Douglas.
The government is working to deliver a digital platform for people to report croc sightings and monitor crocodile activity on their smart devices.
“This year we are commencing the development of a web-based CrocWatch platform so people will be able to submit sighting reports from their smart phones, and we are also looking to expand our presence across different media,” Ms Enoch said.
Department of Environment and Science Wildlife Program Coordinator Dr Matt Brien said it’s not just the males who may be aggressive over the summer months.
“It’s also important to realise that female crocodiles can be fiercely defensive while guarding their nests or young,” he said.
“They can behave aggressively to any people or animals which stray into their territory.”
CROC SAETY TIPS
• Expect crocodiles in ALL far northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
• Obey all crocodile 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 when 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’s edge, at camp sites or at boat ramps
• Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
• Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
• Report all crocodile sightings to DES as soon as possible after you see the animal.
Further information on being CrocWise is available here
Crocodile sightings can be reported to CrocWatch on 1300 130 372.
DES investigates all crocodile reports it receives.
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