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Croc sighted near Broome Port

 

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding Broome residents and visitors to be aware of crocodiles following a sighting of an estuarine crocodile in the Entrance Point area.

DPaW Officer Darren Stevens said the large crocodile was spotted by members of the public late Sunday afternoon.

The accurate size is unknown as the animal has not yet been sighted by DPaW or Broome Shire rangers but the report suggests the crocodile is large enough to be dangerous.

“People need to be cautious and avoid the beach and waters in areas between the Broome Port and Gantheaume Point,” Mr Stevens said.

Shire Rangers have installed warning signs at Entrance Point, Town Beach and Reddell Beach car parks.

“DPaW and Shire Rangers will continue to monitor the situation.”

Sightings of estuarine crocodiles in the Broome area should be reported to the local DPaW office on 9195 5500.

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, floodplain billabongs and into freshwater rivers, creeks and swamps.  

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Last modified on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:47