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New crocodile trap in Dampier Creek, Broome

Towing the crocodile trap into place
Towing the crocodile trap into place Parks and Wildlife, Broome

A new, semi-permanent crocodile trap laid in Dampier Creek will assist the Department of Parks and Wildlife to better manage estuarine crocodiles in Broome.

Measuring 5m long, 1.2m wide and 0.75m high, the aluminium trap has an inspection hatch allowing Parks and Wildlife staff and Yawuru rangers to attach snout ropes to an ensnared crocodile before the trap is opened.

Parks and Wildlife senior operations officer David Woods said the trap was fabricated in Broome from a design used extensively in the Northern Territory.

“This is a tried and tested design that has been used to trap crocodiles in Darwin harbour for a number of years,” Mr Woods said.

“It is more practical than having to tow a cage five kilometres into position every time we need to use it.

“Also, the inspection hatch makes it safer for staff to secure a crocodile before it is removed from the trap.”

Mr Woods said it was important people did not approach the trap or interfere with it.

 

“If a crocodile has been trapped, we urge people to call the Broome DPaW office - this phone number is on the sign on the trap.”

Trapped crocodiles will be released at the Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Park.

 

Mr Woods said the baited trap would be left in Dampier Creek as long as it was required.

“We are seeing estuarine crocodiles around Broome on a more frequent basis and the community and visitors should be mindful of this,”’ he said.

 

“Dampier Creek was chosen as the trap’s location because of its proximity to popular Town Beach.

 

“We ask that people continue to heed crocodile warning signs and exercise caution around beaches and waterways.”

 

Sightings of crocodiles should be reported to the Broome Parks and Wildlife office 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.

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Last modified on Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:31