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Predatory crocodile kills livestock and threatens landowners

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has today captured and shot a rogue estuarine (saltwater) crocodile that was responsible for killing livestock near Kununurra.
 
East Kimberley district manager Bill Dempsey said during the last six months, the 3.5m crocodile ventured onto rural residential properties on the Lower Ord River and displayed aggressive behaviour toward landowners and their livestock.
 
“A vet has confirmed the crocodile recently killed a horse, and savaged a cow that later had to be put down. The same crocodile is also suspected of killing a domestic dog,” he said. 
 
“While the Lower Ord is known to be crocodile habitat, and is outside the Lake Kununurra Crocodile Management Zone, this animal’s aggressive behaviour posed a serious threat to human safety which is why we destroyed it.”
 
In the west Kimberley yesterday, Parks and Wildlife staff shot another estuarine crocodile near Cable Beach as a last option, after several attempts to trap the threatening animal failed. 
 
Wildlife officers will continue to monitor the area for another 3.5m crocodile that was last observed 1km south of the Cable Beach Surf Club yesterday morning.
 
Crocodile sightings can be reported to the Parks and Wildlife Broome office on 9195 5500 or Kununurra office on 9168 4200.  
 
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