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PROSERPINE fisherman won his wrestling match with a 7m saltwater 1Croc, but he couldn’t escape the wrath of government bureaucrats

Man captured and immobilized the large crocodile at the Peter Faust Dam on an evening fishing trip in September

A spokeswoman for the Environment and Science Ministry said the man saw the crocodile’s eyes glistening in the evening light and brought his boat closer

After capturing the beast, he brought it home and the next day called a wildlife officer to remove it.

The 1A 7m crocodile was recovered and has since been placed in a Bloomsbury zoo, Bredl’s Wild Farm

But the fisherman’s act of bravado did not impress DES agents, who returned with an official warning letter

« Interfering with, injuring or deliberately killing an estuarine crocodile is an offense under section 88 of the 1992 Nature Conservation Act, » a DES spokesperson said.

« Based on the information gathered during the investigation, DES sent official warning letters to those involved »

Rather than wrestling with the reptiles, she said residents should immediately report crocodile sightings by calling 1300 130 372

She said all crocodiles acting dangerously in the Peter Faust Dam would be targeted for removal

She said the waterways around Proserpine and Airlie Beach are part of the vast crocodile country of Queensland and reminded residents to be careful around the waterways

In April, residents of Whitsunday reported sightings of crocodiles at Funnel Bay and Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach

DES said they put up permanent warning signs around Abell Point, but did not take further action regarding the Funnel Bay crocodile as it was « well-known crocodile habitat. (and) no disturbing behavior has been reported  »


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