Monday, 23 February 2009

Qld: Crocs captured in two SE Qld cities

20 February 2009
Australian Associated Press General News

CROCODILES BRISBANE, Feb 20 AAP - Two crocodiles have unexpectedly shown up in two southeast Queensland cities - one less than 100 kilometres away from the NSW border.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has criticised the dumping of a freshwater crocodile in a Logan suburb, south of Brisbane, 1,300km south of its natural environment.

EPA officers, supported by local police, responded quickly to a call received on the EPA Crocodile Sighting Hotline in the early on Friday.

EPA Wildlife Branch director Nick Rigby said a 1.6 metre adult freshwater crocodile was captured at Greenbank and taken to an EPA holding facility on the Gold Coast.

"The appearance of the animal strongly indicates that it has been held in captivity which means that it has either been deliberately dumped or escaped from captivity," he said.

"If this is a prank, it is in very poor taste, given recent tragic events.

A similar incident happened in Bundaberg, with a half-metre crocodile found in Airport Road on Thursday.

An EPA spokesman said they only found out about the crocodile when a local resident captured it and brought it in.

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