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Estuarine crocodile removed from Lake Kununurra

The crocodile from Lake Kununurra
The crocodile from Lake Kununurra Mat Byers, Parks and Wildlife

An estuarine (saltwater) crocodile in Lake Kununurra has been humanely destroyed following a four-month operation to try and trap and remove the animal.

Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Mat Byers said the 3.03m male crocodile was located approximately 1km downstream of Crossing Falls boat ramp on Tuesday 4 November.

“Destroying the crocodile was a last resort option,” Mr Byers said.

“We had been trying to trap it for four months since it was first sighted in Lake Kununurra, which is a popular recreation area for water skiers, boaters and swimmers.

“For public safety reasons, once we had a confirmed sighting, we made the decision to dispatch the crocodile with a firearm.”

The department is unaware of any other estuarine crocodiles in the Lake Kununurra crocodile risk mitigation area.

“However, we urge people to always exercise caution as we cannot guarantee the waterway is estuarine crocodile-free.”

Mr Byers asked members of the public to report crocodile sightings.

“If you think you have seen a saltwater crocodile, please attempt to take a photograph from a safe distance and advise your local Parks and Wildlife office immediately.

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

They live in coastal rivers and creek systems, and often occur in open sea and around islands. Estuarine crocodiles also move inland along major rivers, floodplains, billabongs and into freshwater, rivers, creeks and swamps, which are habitats mostly associated with freshwater crocodiles.

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