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Seasonal crocodile alert

Crocodile warning sign
Crocodile warning sign DPaW

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) today advised Broome residents and visitors to remain on alert due to further estuarine (saltwater) crocodile sightings this week.

There were two separate sightings of crocodiles, measuring approximately 3.5m and 2.5m, at Dampier Creek last weekend and another crocodile was sighted at Cable Beach on Monday 9 September. Cable Beach was closed by the Shire of Broome and reopened yesterday.

DPaW wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said since the beginning of September, crocodile sightings had occurred in a number of popular locations including Cable Beach, Reddell Beach, Entrance Point and Dampier Creek.

“Temporary warning signs have been installed at these locations and the department and Shire of Broome rangers are monitoring the situation,” he said.

“People are strongly advised to exercise caution in and around the waters, beaches and mangroves of Broome; particularly areas extending between Dampier Creek and Entrance Point; including Town Beach, Redell Beach, Demco Beach and Streeters Jetty.

“All of the crocodiles seen in recent weeks are estimated to be large enough to cause harm to people and pets.”

Mr Carstairs said the increase in crocodile activity was due to warmer water temperatures leading into the wet season and crocodile breeding patterns.

“People need to remember that the Broome area lies within the geographical range of estuarine crocodiles,” he said.

DPaW staff members have installed a crocodile trap within Dampier Creek and are conducting regular patrols of the area. Please maintain a clear distance from the trap and report any catches, damage to the trap and sightings of estuarine crocodiles to the DPaW Broome office on 9195 5500.

For information about beach closures, contact the Shire of Broome on 9191 3456.

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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Last modified on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:24