Queensland man to face court over death of 5.2-metre crocodile

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A man is expected to face court in central Queensland next month accused of shooting dead a 5.2-metre saltwater crocodile.

The reptile was found floating in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton on 21 September.

A 31-year-old Etna Creek man has been issued with a notice to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on 12 January on one count of unlawfully taking a protected animal.

The 5.2-metre crocodile was found in September with gunshot wounds. Photograph: Queensland Police

If convicted, he could face a fine of up to $28,300.

The crocodile was thought to be one of the biggest ever seen in Queensland.

Experts feared the animal’s death could lead to a other crocodiles becoming more aggressive as young males fought for supremacy. Michael Joyce, southern wildlife operations director at Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, said the remaining male crocodiles could act differently and become more hostile as they establish who will rule next.

“They don’t necessarily become more aggressive with outsiders,” Joyce said on Friday. “But we would expect people to be croc-wise in croc country and be extra vigilant.”

Cassius, a male caught in the Northern Territory three decades ago, is recognised as the world’s largest crocodile in captivity. It measures 5.48m and lives at a farm on Green Island in far north Queensland.

A 6.16m Philippine crocodile called Lolong held the record until it died in 2013.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 22 Dec 2017.

 

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Vanessa Black

Humans just gotta kill..

Arlene Labbe

Tragic such a magnificent being. Killed by a STUPID man.

mfrazier74@hotmail.com

As always, there is no thought given to what happens to the remainder of wildlife when you kill off the alpha creatures. As with the biggest or strongest buck (deer) the main stallion (horses) the entire population of that herd or group is shaken up & changed – not necessarily for the better.

Lois Carol Wessels

Hope the punishment fits the crime!!!!!!!

Michele Jankelow

The world is overloaded with assholes like this! Hope the courts set a precedent and he gets maximum fine and possibly a sentence! How can our planet ever stan a chance with people like this?

Sue Lesmond

Give this animal murdering POS the death penalty.An eye for an eye!

Alpina L. Chilton

RIP God Bless your soul.
❤Alpina ❤

Anne Grice

I hope this killer gets the toughest punishment! Why did he kill this crocodile? These killings are just disgusting!