Killer 4m crocodile captured on the Queensland coast

RANGERS have captured and euthanised a saltwater crocodile, approximately 4m long, believed to have attacked and killed spear fisherman Warren Hughes off Palmer Point on Saturday.

In a joint operation with Queensland Police Service, wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) have successfully targeted a crocodile at the mouth of the Russell River.

The animal was located by wildlife officers at around 10pm last night during an EHP vessel-based patrol.

The animal was humanely euthanised by wildlife officers.
 

Cairns man Warren Hughes, 35, who died after a suspected crocodile attack while spear fishing south of Cairns.
Cairns man Warren Hughes, 35, who died after a suspected crocodile attack while spear fishing south of Cairns.

Environment Minister Steven Miles said wildlife officers were confident the crocodile was the target animal due to its size and location.

"It is believed to be the same crocodile wildlife officers pursued in the area on Monday night, they located it but it submerged and stayed out of sight.

"I want to thank our incredible team of wildlife officers who do a difficult, and in cases like this, very dangerous job.

"I also want to thank QPS for their assistance and the local community for their cooperation in staying away from the area while EHP wildlife officers pursued the animal.

"This area is well within crocodile country and it is important that residents and visitors continue to exercise CrocWise behaviour at all times.

Rangers hunt crocodile that claimed the life of Warren Hughes.
Rangers hunt crocodile that claimed the life of Warren Hughes. Brian Cassey, News Corp Australia

Mr Miles said it was important that all crocodile sightings are reported to EHP as soon as possible on 1300 130 372 and that the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.

"An important part of the Palaszczuk Government's approach to crocodile management is an extensive program of public education and community engagement regarding public safety in crocodile country through its CrocWise campaign," Mr Miles said.

"EHP will hold its next CrocWise stakeholders Roundtable in Cairns on 30 March, when the new Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, launched last week, and EHP proposals to refresh and improve its CrocWise messaging, will be discussed."

Mandingalbay Yidinji rangers William Mundraby, Randolph Lefoe, Djullja Mundraby and Vincent Mundraby with a 3m long saltwater crocodile caught at Yarrabah near Cairns.
Mandingalbay Yidinji rangers William Mundraby, Randolph Lefoe, Djullja Mundraby and Vincent Mundraby with a 3m long saltwater crocodile caught at Yarrabah near Cairns. EHP
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