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Crocodile in Wyndham update

The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises that a crocodile which attacked a woman in Wyndham has been destroyed.

The saltwater crocodile attacked the woman in her 60s yesterday afternoon at 3 Mile Swamp near the Wyndham town oval, resulting in the loss of her arm below the elbow.

Parks and Wildlife district wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said the 2.2m crocodile was caught by Balanggarra rangers using fishing line.

“Because this crocodile attacked a person and was in an area used by people and pets, it was imperative that we removed it and we ensured that it was destroyed quickly and humanely,” he said.

‘Parks and Wildlife, the Balanggarra Rangers and the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley staff will continue monitor the site over the coming days to ensure that there are no additional crocodiles in the area.’

People are reminded to exercise caution around waterways where crocodiles are likely to occur.

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.