THE crocodile patrolling the beach at Napranum has been killed by wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science.
The croc, which made headlines after it was filmed grabbing a dog off the beach, has been roaming the waters near the Napranum boat ramp for several months.
It’s believed to have eaten several dogs this year.
Last week, wildlife officers conducted a site assessment and attempted to haze the animal (using non-lethal pellets) to drive it away from the beach area.
However, the croc didn’t seem to be deterred, according to the DES, and was killed on Thursday.
“During the assessment, wildlife officers observed concerning, bold behaviour by the animal and made the assessment that it represented an unacceptable risk to the safety of the community,” a DES spokesperson said.
“After consultation with the local community and Traditional Owners, the decision was made that the animal should be humanely euthanised.
“Humane euthanasia of crocodiles is only conducted as a last resort when there are no alternatives.
“The animal could not have been humanely transported to a farm or zoo due to the distance from remote Napranum to a suitable facility and the very low survival rate of crocodiles transported long distances by road.
“Historically, captured crocodiles have been observed to experience slow and painful deaths, sometimes taking months, after being transported long distances by road.”