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Kimberley crocodile

Croc sighting at Entrance Point, Broome

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…

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DPaW operation at Wedge for Australia Day long weekend

DPaW operation at Wedge for Australia Day long weekend

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is conducting an operation at Wedge, north of Perth during the Australia Day long weekend. The operation will include vehicle and visitor screening at road blocks; patrols and compliance management. DPaW’s Director of Parks and Visitor Services, Peter Sharp said the department was asking for cooperation from shack lessees and visitors to help make Wedge safe. “Last year more than 4000 people gathered at Wedge on Australia Day. The area can’t cope with this level of visitation and the illegal camping and anti-social behaviour that unfortunately comes with it,” he said. “To manage numbers during the 2014 Australia Day long weekend, shack lessees will be permitted to accommodate only one camping unit – for example, a single tent or…

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Estuarine crocodile

Estuarine crocodile reported in East Kimberley waterways

Locals and visitors in the East Kimberley area are being reminded to be on alert following a number of unconfirmed sightings of estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles outside of their usual habitats. Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) wildlife officer Mathew Byers said people should be vigilant near waterways following reports from members of the public of crocodiles in flood drains along Six Mile Walkway in Wyndham. “Estuarine crocodiles are highly mobile animals and these sightings in the last week show they are not restricted to estuarine environments,” he said. “Periods of warmer weather and seasonal rainfall provide the opportunity for crocodiles to move with ease into areas they do not regularly inhabit.” Both Lake Argyle and Lake Kununurra are in a crocodile control zone, where all…

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Croc sighted at Pelican Point, Carnarvon

Croc sighted at Pelican Point, Carnarvon

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is advising people within the vicinity of Pelican Point to be cautious following the reported sighting of an estuarine crocodile swimming in the waters of the Carnarvon Fascine. DPaW Geraldton District Manager David Rose said although it was very unusual for an estuarine crocodile to be this far south, it was possible and he urged residents and tourists to be extra careful when near the area in the next few days. The crocodile was sighted yesterday by a local kite surfer about 100 metres from mangroves near Pelican Point, a popular recreation area. "DPaW is working with local police, the Shire of Carnarvon and the Department of Fisheries to try and locate the crocodile," he said. "We are…

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Recovery of critically endangered shrub through translocation

Recovery of critically endangered shrub through translocation

The future of a critically endangered local shrub is brighter following the success of a seed germination and translocation program coordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Grevillea brachystylis subsp. grandis, listed as threatened flora in 2002 due to severe habitat fragmentation, is found south-west of Busselton, with just 195 plants remaining in eight, small roadside populations. Parks and Wildlife's Busselton-based Blackwood district has led the recovery of the precious shrub by working closely with land managers, controlling weeds at the site and surveying suitable habitat for new populations.   Parks and Wildlife Conservation Officer Ben Lullfitz said more than 1000 seeds were collected from existing populations of Grevillea brachystylis subsp. grandis between 2009 and 2012. “A small number were germinated by the department's Threatened…

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