Crocodile attack leaves man injured



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A man was bitten by a crocodile in a remote location in Shelburne North Queensland. Image: Supplied.


The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has confirmed an off-duty ranger from Heathlands in far north Queensland was attacked by a crocodile late Sunday.

It is believed the crocodile was about 2.5 metres long.

DES said the ranger managed to poke the crocodile in the eye to escape before driving himself back to the ranger station to receive medical assistance.

The ranger sustained serious injuries to his hand, thigh, and arm and is expected to require surgery.

He was then flown by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the Cairns Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Captain Billy’s Landing within Heathlands Resources Reserve, located at the northern end of the Cook Shire on the Cape York Peninsula, has been closed while the DES investigates the incident.

Wildlife Officers are en route to the location.

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

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Heathlands is in Zone E (General Management Zone). This means that any crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour are targeted for removal.

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 and takes all reports of crocodiles seriously.


A man has been has been attacked by a crocodile in a remote region of Far North Queensland.

Queensland Ambulance said paramedics were called to Shelburne in the Cook Shire, 740km north of Port Douglas, at 4:53pm yesterday afternoon.

A man in his 50s was found bitten by a crocodile, suffering significant hand and leg injuries.

He was airlifted to Cairns Base Hospital via the Royal Flying Doctor Service in a serious condition but is now stable.

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