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Glossary

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan (from 14 March 2017)

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Definitions

Confirmed sighting

A sighting that is confirmed by the relevant chief executive.

Conservation Plan

The Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2018.

Croc country

The coastal areas from the Boyne River near Gladstone to the northern tip of Queensland and west to the Northern Territory border. It can stretch some hundreds of kilometres inland from the coast, while also encompassing many coastal islands.

Crocodile

An animal of the species Crocodylus porosus.

Crocodile management zones

Areas defined by maps referred to in section A4.1 of the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan (QCMP).

Crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour

A crocodile that has attacked, is about to attack, or is behaving aggressively towards, a person; or a crocodile the chief executive reasonably believes, due to its location or behaviour, is a threat, or a potential threat, to the safety or wellbeing of humans.

Estuarine crocodile

An animal of the species Crocodylus porosus.

Large crocodile

A crocodile that is two metres or greater in length.

Problem crocodile

A crocodile that the relevant chief executive determines satisfies the definition in section 5 of the Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2018, as further detailed in section A4.2 of the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

QCMP

The Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

Under the previous crocodile management approach (up until 13 March 2017)

Definitions
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Confirmed sighting

A crocodile report that has been confirmed by a departmental officer or a suitable delegate (e.g. a police officer) by sighting the animal or an indication of its presence (e.g. a crocodile slide).

Crocodile has been removed.

A crocodile of concern has been removed from the wild.

Crocodile is no longer a crocodile of concern

The animal has:

  • moved away prior to capture to a low-risk situation (subject to assessment) and is no longer a crocodile of concern
  • ceased displaying crocodile of concern behaviour, e.g. cause of behaviour such as illegal feeding has been removed and (subject to further assessment) the animal is no longer a crocodile of concern.

Crocodile not sighted for 14 days

The crocodile has not been sighted for a period of 14 days since its classification as a confirmed sighting or a crocodile of concern.

Crocodile of concern

A crocodile declared as a 'crocodile of concern' will be targeted for capture. A crocodile of concern means an estuarine crocodile that:

  • is found south of the Boyne River (near Gladstone);
  • is in a zone 1 or 2 area in the Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Townsville City Council;
  • has attacked, is about to attack, or is behaving aggressively towards a person;
  • is determined by the department to pose a potential threat to human safety or wellbeing because of the crocodile's location or behaviour;
  • has passed a crocodile prevention barrier and has attacked, is about to attack, or is behaving aggressively towards stock, working dogs or aquaculture fisheries resources; or
  • is two metres or greater in length and located in a defined urban area, i.e. Crocodile Urban Management Areas,  unless it is just moving through the area or the area is well-known crocodile habitat.

Crocodile released in-situ

Crocodile was assessed not to be a crocodile of concern and released within 5 km of its capture site.

Crocodile targeted for removal

If a crocodile is a crocodile of concern it will be targeted for removal. Departmental staff or individuals licensed to remove crocodiles will initiate a capture program (e.g. trapping or harpooning), or in circumstances where capture is not a practical option or where the crocodile poses an immediate safety risk, it may be euthanased.

Current crocodile of concern

A crocodile of concern that is targeted for removal from the wild.

Declared as a crocodile of concern

The crocodile has been identified as a crocodile of concern and has been targeted for removal from the wild.

PWS/information in place

Permanent warning signs (PWS) are already present in the area. Other safety information (e.g. interpretive signs) may also be present.

RWS in place

Recent sighting signs (RWS) have been erected as close as possible to the location of the sighting. These will be removed after a period of seven days (if the crocodile is not sighted in that location again) or once the crocodile has been removed from the wild.

Reported crocodile of concern being assessed

The situation, including the animal’s behaviour, is being assessed using the definition of ‘crocodile of concern’.

Resolved crocodile of concern

Resolved crocodile of concern means that the crocodile has:

  1. been removed from the wild and placed in a crocodile zoo or farm;
  2. been humanely euthanased; or
  3. been declared to be no longer a crocodile of concern, i.e. it has:
    • moved away prior to capture to a low-risk situation (subject to assessment) and is no longer a crocodile of concern; or
    • ceased displaying crocodile of concern behaviour, e.g. cause of behaviour such as illegal feeding has been removed and (subject to further assessment) the animal is no longer a crocodile of concern.

Routine monitoring

The department will continue to monitor the area as part of routine patrols.

Unconfirmed report

Any report of a crocodile that is being assessed by a departmental officer or has undergone an assessment and the sighting could not be confirmed.

Last updated
9 October 2018