Last Sunday, 28th January, Dhimurru was called out for an unusual request to remove a Baru, seen alongside the fence-line at the back of G3 Camp.
Around lunch time Gumatj community member Gapanbulu Yunupingu reported the wandering Baru, and assisted Dhimurru Senior Ranger Gathapura Mununggurr and Project Facilitator Paul Augustin in the capture. It is assumed the Baru had travelled along the drainage system from either the town lagoon or the ocean from East Woody.
Dhimurru would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that Baru are everywhere and are on the move in the wet season. They can, and do as seen on Sunday, show up anywhere not just in places you might expect. Please be especially careful when near any body of water including the town lagoon. Also, take the time to educate your children on the dangers of crocodiles when venturing out with their friends.
Dhimurru is grateful for the sponsorship funds it receives from Rio Tinto Gove Operations to assist in the management of Baru of the region. This sponsorship, along with the NT Parks and Wildlife CrocWise talks that Dhimurru conduct at schools and childcare facilities, aids in keeping the community safe.
Please report any Baru sightings to Dhimurru so they can keep the community informed.
Always keep an eye out when recreating in the Dhimurru IPA.
Do not assume just because you have not seen a Baru that they’re not around.
They are watching you!