Warning as big crocs spotted hanging around local boat ramp


Karlie Brady


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Large croc snapped next to the Port Douglas Boat Ramp. Image: Lyell Woods/Facebook.
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The public is reminded to always remain cautious and never leave fish scraps or bait by boat ramps after two large crocodiles were spotted at the Port Douglas Boat Ramp, next to the Tin Shed, over the weekend.

In photos posted on Port Douglas and Mossman’s Buy, Swap, and Sell, a public Facebook forum, on Saturday, a large croc can be seen venturing in close to the ramp in shallow water, with the caption; “a couple of big boys hanging around the boat ramp this morning”.

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are investigating the sighting after being alerted by a member of the public who saw the social media post.

A DES spokesperson said recent warning signs have been installed and wildlife officers are monitoring the area.

The spokesperson stressed it was important to never feed crocodiles or leave food or fish scraps at ramps.

“Members of the public are reminded to never clean fish, leave food, fish scraps or bait near boat ramps, as this can attract crocodiles,” the spokesperson said.

Classifieds: Douglas Shire Public Notices and Council Notices

A new app called Qwildlife has also recently been launched to help make waterways in croc country safer by delivering real time information about crocodile sightings to wildlife officers and members of the public.

Croc sightings are likely to be more prevalent at the moment as breeding season kicks off, with male crocodiles becoming very mobile as they look for a mate.

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

“DES investigates all reports it receives,” the spokesperson said.

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

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

Port Douglas is known Croc Country and people in the area are reminded to always be Crocwise. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL far north 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 water, camp site or boat ramp
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in Croc Country
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

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