A heartless act of violence has left the Daintree community in shock and sorrow as two majestic crocodiles were brutally killed in the Douglas Shire but a collaborative community effort between newly formed Community Representation of Crocodiles (CROC) and Crime Stoppers has resulted in the establishment of a staggering $10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the killer.
The first known incident occurred in Cow Bay in April, where a male crocodile was found beheaded. Experts in the field believe the crocodile was most likely killed by human interference, potentially with a machete or high-powered tool as the wounds were NOT consistent with an attack by another animal.
The second known incident occurred on the banks of the Daintree River in May and included an anonymous phone call from the killer to a local tour operator, claiming responsibility for the death. This animal was a well-known female named Lizzie, whose carcass showed signs she had been targeted and deliberately killed.
The second discovery was reported to authorities by David White, operator of the Solar Whisper tour boat. David was utterly heartbroken by the sight of the remains, which were mutilated with precision akin to filleting a fish.
Under Queensland legislation, the maximum fine for killing a protected species is $32,243.
To further incentivise the identification and prosecution of the offender/s, the new community organisation CROC raised funds through public donations to offer a $10,000 reward.
Amanda French, co-founder of CROC, expressed her hope that potential evidence, such as video recordings, may exist of the incidents, and she urges anyone with information to come forward anonymously.
David Hansen, chief executive of Crime Stoppers Queensland, applauded the efforts of CROC in swiftly organizing the community fundraiser, acknowledging the passion that drives their commitment to protecting the diverse wildlife of Queensland.
He, too, hopes that the reward will encourage individuals with knowledge about these crimes to share it anonymously with Crime Stoppers.
Authorities are urging anyone with information to report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers Queensland online or by calling 1800 333 000. Additionally, reports can be filed with any local police department, using the reference number QP2301029364, to help bring the suspected serial crocodile killer to justice.
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