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Crime Stoppers Queensland seeking tips on croc deaths

Two grisly croc deaths in north Queensland are believed to be linked

20.07.2023 News

Update May 2024: Despite undertaking investigations based on anonymous reports received, QPS confirms no arrest or charges in relation to these wildlife crimes have resulted. In consultation with the provider of the reward funds, Community Representation of Crocodiles (C.R.O.C.), Crime Stoppers Queensland is returning the reward monies. Accordingly, we withdraw the reward offer effective immediately. We sincerely appreciate the public’s support and thank everyone who provided leads.


Following the recent grisly discovery of two deceased crocodiles believed to be harmed by a human, registered charity Crime Stoppers Queensland, together with the newly formed education organisation Community Representation of Crocodiles (C.R.O.C.), are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the prosecution of the individual(s) responsible for the gruesome killing of these vulnerable and protected species in the state.

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.

Crime Stoppers Queensland Chief Executive Officer David Hansen commended Community Representation of Crocodiles (C.R.O.C.) for their quick action in raising the reward funds. “We acknowledge the great work of the C.R.O.C. team in putting together this community fundraiser and raising $10,000 in short order. This was no small feat for an organisation that is newly founded, and we respect their passion for helping protect Queensland’s diverse wildlife which is clearly the driving force behind their efforts. We’re all hopeful this reward will encourage individuals that may know something about these matters to share it anonymously with Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information about these deaths can report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers Queensland online or on 1800 333 000. Reports where a caller may be identified can be filed with any local police department quoting QPS reference number QP2301029364.

In an emergency, call 000. If you’re reporting a crime, call 131 444.

Crime Stoppers Queensland takes wildlife crime very seriously. As a reminder, it is unlawful to deliberately harm or kill crocodiles or be in possession of a deceased crocodile or parts of a deceased crocodile.