Monster croc caught and removed from river

A CROCODILE measuring around four and a half metres has been removed from the Herbert River at Halifax in North Queensland this afternoon.

The animal was caught at Mona Landing just a day after traps were set as part of the Newman Government's new crocodile management plan.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the crocodile's presence near the Mona Landing boat ramp in the Zone 2 area was confirmed by rangers on Tuesday night and traps were put in place the following day.

"Two floating traps were set in the water and a bag trap was also set on the riverbank on Wednesday and just a day later this large crocodile was found in the bag trap," Mr Powell said.

"The animal was moved from the bag trap to a floating trap and is now being transported to Townsville.

"With such a large animal it will come as no surprise that 10 rangers were required to safely move it and I'd like to thank the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Girringun Indigenous rangers for their assistance to EHP's wildlife rangers in this operation."

Mr Powell said the crocodile would be offered to a crocodile farm or zoo.

"Importantly, the capture of one crocodile does not mean the region is crocodile free but it does reaffirm the Newman government's pledge to better manage crocodiles in North Queensland.

"Any crocodile which is assessed as displaying behaviour that constitutes a threat to human safety will be targeted for capture and removal."

Crocodile sightings can be reported at any time on 1300 130 372 and EHP investigates all crocodile reports it receives.

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