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Saltwater crocodile destroyed in Lake Kununurra

A saltwater (estuarine) crocodile has been destroyed in Lake Kununurra after a member of the public reported seeing the animal earlier this week.

Department of Parks and Wildlife east Kimberley district manager Luke Bentley said the 2.8m crocodile was spotted near the Lake Argyle dam wall on Sunday 5 April.

“The size of the crocodile and its ability to move quickly made it a considerable threat to people using the lake,” Mr Bentley said.

“Trapping and relocation was not an option in this case, so Parks and Wildlife officers made the decision to kill the animal with a firearm.

“Action needed to be taken as Lake Kununurra is a popular recreation area for water skiers, boaters and swimmers and is also a designated Crocodile Risk Mitigation Area.”

Mr Bentley reminded members of the public to always 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 as soon as possible,” he said.

“The department cannot guarantee Lake Kununurra is free of saltwater crocodiles and people need to always exercise caution when using the lake,” he said.

Saltwater 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. Saltwater 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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