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Saltwater crocodiles removed from Broome

Crocodile caught near Broome Airport
Crocodile caught near Broome Airport Peter Carstairs, Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has removed two saltwater crocodiles from the Broome townsite today.

A 3m saltwater crocodile was captured at Cable Beach early this morning and a 2m crocodile was removed from the tidal overflow area at the Broome Airport this afternoon.

The smaller crocodile was found in an emaciated condition and had a number of injuries suspected to have been caused in a crocodile attack.

Wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said the 3m crocodile had been seen in an area north of surf club on popular Cable Beach and was displaying aggressive behaviour. The beach had been closed since the crocodile was reported on Sunday 27 September.

“Parks and Wildlife officers have been successful in trapping the croc alive,” Mr Carstairs said.

“We were able to precisely locate it in shallow water in the early hours of this morning.

“After assessing the situation and for public safety reasons, we made the decision to dispatch the crocodile with a firearm.

“When this was unsuccessful, officers were able to capture the animal alive with a harpoon and remove it from the beach.”

Mr Carstairs said the 3m crocodile was in good condition, while the 2m animal requires veterinary care. Both have been transported to the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park in Broome.

“We urge people to always exercise caution because we cannot guarantee the waterways are estuarine crocodile-free,” Mr Carstairs said.

“It is important that members of the public report all crocodile sightings to your local Parks and Wildlife office immediately.”

Saltwater (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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