A man has copped a fine, after being caught tampering with a crocodile trap in Port Douglas.
The man was photographed climbing in and around the trap that had been deployed to remove a problem crocodile in the area, last October.
Following investigations, the man was charged with four offences including interfering with or damaging a crocodile trap.
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The man pleaded guilty to all of the charges and was fined $1800 in Caboolture Magistrates Court.
Environment Minister, Leeanne Enoch, thanked Queensland Police and wildlife officers for their efforts in the investigation and has condemned the man’s behaviour.
“These traps are specifically designed to attract crocodiles and they are deployed in places where a problem crocodile is known to be present,” Ms Enoch explained.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that interfering with crocodile traps is potentially life-threatening.
“It also places the general public at risk if the trap is tampered with in such a way that the trap no longer works, which hampers the ability of the Department of Environment and Science to deliver its important public safety role,” she said.