MORE than 100 saltwater crocodiles have been trapped so far this year.
The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT has trapped 114 saltwater crocodiles, more than double the 53 it had collected at this time last year.
"There have been over 50 captures in March alone and the biggest we have trapped so far this year was 4.2m,” chief wildlife ranger Tom Nichols said.
The 4.2m salty was caught in the Southport trap, which is only 400 metres from a public boat ramp, and it was the second crocodile over four metres captured in that trap this month.
The crocodile management team also has evidence that people have been interfering with traps.
This is an inherently unsafe thing to do and undermines the hard work of the crocodile management unit in keeping Territorians safe from crocodiles.
"We discovered that at four different traps, where crocodiles had triggered the trap doors, persons unknown to us have in fact tampered with the device to open the traps and subsequently release the animals,” Mr Nichols said.
Under the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act it is an offence to touch, stand on, enter, move or disturb a commission crocodile trap.
Doing so may result in a penalty ranging between $502 (infringement) to a maximum penalty of $7700 or six months imprisonment (prosecutable offence).
"With the Easter break ... and the dry season around the corner, we urge everyone to be smart and sensible at all times,” Mr Nichols said.
The Be Crocwise strategy can be viewed online at www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au.
To report saltwater crocodile sightings in the Darwin region phone 0419822 859 or in the Katherine region phone 0407958 405.
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