It is feared that a crocodile suspected to have taken two dogs from a popular Queensland beach is a threat to humans.
The Queensland Department of the Environment is being called upon to urgently remove the reptiles in Cairns from Palm Cove Beach, popular with swimmers and fishermen.
Local resident Robert McPharl said that last Wednesday morning, a crocodile killed a man’s pet dog at the beach.
“The dog wasn’t on a lead, it was free that time of the morning,” McPharl told 7NEWS.
“All he heard was a yelp and a bark.
“He raced over and there was just a swirl in the water – no sign of the dog.”
Another incident involving a dog led to the pet being able to escape the crocodile’s clutches.
But McPharl, a veteran surf lifesaver who claims to have twice spotted the croc, said it posed a “serious threat to the community”
“I’m extremely worried about the teenagers, young children (on) school holidays, fishing here, having the time of their lives and totally unaware of the monster that’s sitting in there,” he said.
“I say a monster because it’s probably two to three metres in length.
“When they get to two to three metres, they are a dangerous animal and can cause death.
“It is a danger to the public with a capital D.
“This animal is a deadly animal and it will cause great havoc if allowed.”
Traps have been laid, but McPharl says not enough is being done and wants more urgent action.
“I think there needs to be other efforts to capture this animal and remove it from this environment,” he said.
“Maybe put a dart in it and remove it.”