MIL-OSI Australia: Saltwater crocodile removal – Bulla

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Source: Northern Territory Police and Fire Services

Northern Territory Police and Department of Environment rangers, Parks and Water Security removed a problem crocodile in Bulla community yesterday afternoon.

The 3.63m crocodile moved into Baines River, 250m from residences, following floods earlier this year and had been stalking and lunging out of the water at children and adults. The crocodile had also reportedly taken multiple community dogs.

In consultation with Traditional Owners, Elders, community members and Parks and Wildlife, the crocodile was shot to ensure that it did not continue to pose a significant risk to the community. 

An opportunistic crocodile safety session was conducted by Parks and Wildlife with the children giving them an up-close look at the dangers within our waterways.

The animal was later transported into Bulla where the community prepared it for a feast in the traditional manner.

Commander Kylie Anderson said “Crocodiles can pose a significant risk to community safety.

“Thanks to the seamless collaboration between Parks and Wildlife, our remote police staff and local residents we were able to safely remove the large saltie and maintain the safety of the community.”

“There’s never a dull moment in remote policing.”

DEPWS Director of Wildlife Operations, Kristen Hay, said “Any body of water in the Top End may contain large and potentially dangerous crocodiles.

“That’s why we urge everyone to Be Crocwise and only swim where there are designated swimming signs.”