Huge saltwater crocodile allowed to nest in Mossman farm

  • Wildlife officers have refused to remove a crocodile nest from a farm in Mossman
  • Liza Giudice said her husband has been left to work just 60m from the nest
  • The family are also living near the nest, which is poised to hatch in May
  • Officers confirmed the nest was active but instead just installed a sign 

A cane farming family is living in fear after a large crocodile was given freedom to hatch eggs in the middle of their property.

Wildlife officers have ignored calls to remove the predator and its nest from the farm near Mossman, in far north Queensland.

Instead they erected a warning sign where the beast was last sighted, claiming they were unable to take action until it launches an attack.

Liza Giudice told Daily Mail Australia her husband Michael has been left to work on a section of the farm just 60m from the reptile’s nest, which is poised to hatch in May.

Wildlife officers have refused to remove this crocodile nest from a farm in Mossman

Wildlife officers have refused to remove this crocodile nest from a farm in Mossman

Ms Giudice, a mother-of-two, is outraged by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s failure to act.

‘The response has been ‘don’t touch it, keep away and we will put up a sign’. They basically said they can’t do anything unless it’s being aggressive.’ 

She said she is too scared to investigate the nest after officers confirmed it was active – just days after the sighting by a neighbour.

‘The nest is about 60m from my husband’s floodgate. He has to hop into the water to do any maintenance or repairs on it. This is impacting our livelihood.’

Ms Giudice said a wave of crocodile attacks in recent weeks has left residents in the region on high alert.

‘This is an apex predator we’re talking about. They’re aggressive when they are nesting and prowl around looking for food – whether that’s dogs or kids of whatever they can find.’  

Liza  Giudice (pcituerd with her husband Michael and their two children) fears the saltwater crocodile will turn their property into its habitat

Liza  Giudice (pcituerd with her husband Michael and their two children) fears the saltwater crocodile will turn their property into its habitat

The family has been left to work on the farm just 60m from the crocodile and its nest (stock image of a croc in Bloomfield River)

The family has been left to work on the farm just 60m from the crocodile and its nest (stock image of a croc in Bloomfield River)

The crocodile has been impacting the family's farming life  

The crocodile has been impacting the family’s farming life  

Spearfisherman Warren Hughes, 35, was fatally mauled by a crocodile in Palmer Point earlier this month

Spearfisherman Warren Hughes, 35, was fatally mauled by a crocodile in Palmer Point earlier this month

The cane farm runs along the back of the Mossman Golf Club, and another resident’s home is just 80 metres away from the same waterway on which the nest lays.

Ms Giudice said her family don’t live on the farm, but fear the nest will leave the whole property crocodile-infested.

‘If they don’t do anything she will make t her habitat habitat and we will have to work around them. When does it stop?’  

She said it was unclear how large the crocodile was, but female estuarine crocodiles reach maturity at about 2.2m length.

It comes amid heightened fears after spearfisherman Warren Hughes, 35, was fatally mauled by a crocodile in Palmer Point, south of Cairns, earlier this month.

 







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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