Huge croc that twice lunged at fisherman is caught

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A 3.6-metre crocodile has been trapped and captured by wildlife officers in north Queensland after twice lunging at a fisherman on a creek bank.

Authorities from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation captured the crocodile near Ingham with a baited trap on Friday.

The crocodile was baited after twice lunging at a fisherman on the bank of Cattle Creek, on April 18.

Wildlife Officer Ella Meeve said the crocodile will be temporarily housed in a department holding facility while awaiting placement at a crocodile farm or zoo.

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“The removal of this animal does not mean there are no longer any crocodiles in Cattle Creek, and fishers are advised to stand well back from the water or behind a barrier such as an esky, while fishing,” she said.

“Removing estuarine crocodiles from the wild is a last resort, but those that pose a threat to human safety are targeted for removal under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.”

Earlier in May, a more than four-metre crocodile was captured at a north Queensland marina after lunging at a resident of a house boat.

Authorities have issued warnings for people to remain ‘crocwise’ and make sensible choices around waters in north Queensland.

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