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Crocodile removed from Lake Kununurra

The crocodile in Lake Kununurra
The crocodile in Lake Kununurra DBCA

An estuarine (saltwater) crocodile has been trapped and removed from Lake Kununurra.

East Kimberley district wildlife officer Steven Leeder from the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions said the 2.6m crocodile was yesterday removed from an operational trap on the lake.

“Relocation was not an option in this case, so officers made the decision to euthanase the animal,” Mr Leeder said.

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

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

An estuarine crocodile with similar markings was sighted by a tour operator and reported to the department on 27 June.

“The department will continue to maintain a trapping and patrol program on Lake Kununurra and encourages members of the public to report sightings of estuarine crocodiles to the department,” Mr Leeder said.

“Members of the public are reminded that estuarine crocodiles are highly mobile animals that have the capability to travel large distances over land and water.

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

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

Estuarine crocodiles live in coastal rivers and creek systems and often occur in open sea and around islands. They 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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