Department of Parks adn Wildlife
Print this page

Croc sighting at Entrance Point, Broome

Kimberley crocodile
Kimberley crocodile Tim Willing

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is advising people in the vicinity of Entrance Point, Broome Port, Demco Beach and Town Beach in Broome to be cautious following sightings of an estuarine crocodile.

DPaW acting district manager officer Dave Woods said the four metre crocodile had been sighted 10m offshore and urged residents and tourists to be extra careful when in the area between Entrance Point to Town Beach over the next few days.

“DPaW is working with the Shire of Broome to monitor the current situation,” Mr Woods said.

 

“If the crocodile is a threat to people DPaW will attempt to trap and remove it, or take other measures, including destruction of the animal, in order to maintain public safety.

 

“People need to be cautious around the beach and waterways, and be extra vigilant in ensuring children and dogs are kept away from the water’s edge.”

 

Mr Woods said it was the eleventh sighting of an estuarine crocodile in the Broome area since August 2013.

 

“This is an indication that these occurrences are no longer isolated incidents,” he said.

 

“Community members and visitors need to be mindful of this when in, or around Broome waters.

 

“The department urges people not to be complacent. It is vital that information on crocodile warning signs is heeded.”

 

The Shire of Broome has closed the beach at Entrance Point and Town Beach and warning signs have been installed at Entrance Point, Town Beach and Demco Beach.

Sightings of crocodiles should be reported to the local DPaW office on 9195 5500.

 

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.

 

Media contact: DPaW Media 9219 9999

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dpawwa

Twitter: @WAPARKSWILDLIFE

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:40