Katherine rangers hunt for Springvale saltie

PARKS and Wildlife Commission NT rangers are unable to confirm that a saltwater crocodile is responsible for the disappearance of a dog near Springvale Homestead in Katherine.

There have been unconfirmed reports that the dog, which went missing last week, was taken by a large saltwater crocodile.

Senior ranger John Burke confirmed traps had been set along a stretch of the Katherine River in the vicinity but said it was not yet possible to determine whether a freshwater or saltwater crocodile had taken the dog.

“In response to unconfirmed reports of a dog being taken one kilometre  downstream of the Springvale Homestead on Saturday, the Parks and Wildlife Commission 

NT has put in a trap close to where the incident is believed to have occurred, and are regularly conducting spotlight surveys in the area,” he said.

“A large freshwater crocodile resides in the area and would be capable of taking a dog, but we also have not had confirmation of what type of crocodile might have been responsible for the dog’s disappearance."

BE CROCWISE: Rangers are reminding Katherine residents and visitors that, despite having management plans in place, they "can’t guarantee that it is 100 per cent safe to undertake water-based activities".

BE CROCWISE: Rangers are reminding Katherine residents and visitors that, despite having management plans in place, they "can’t guarantee that it is 100 per cent safe to undertake water-based activities".

With the temperature warming up, Mr Burke said it was important to remember that Northern Territory waterways were home to an estimated 100,000 saltwater crocodiles.

“We have 10 traps set along the Katherine River, including one within Nitmiluk National Park, but we can’t guarantee that it is 100 per cent safe to undertake water-based activities,” he said.

“They can see you before you see them.”

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