Monster crocodile that savagely attacked boatie and his dog is shot dead with rangers making a grim find inside its stomach
- Alister MacPhee attacked by crocodile
- The reptile ate his dog at Bloomfield boat ramp
- Wildlife officers shot the croc on Thursday night
A 4.2metre crocodile that attacked a man and ate his dog in far north Queensland has been shot dead by wildlife officers with rangers finding the fisherman’s beloved pet inside its stomach.
Alister MacPhee and his dog were going for a Wednesday evening dip at Bloomfield boat ramp, north of Cairns, when the reptile erupted from the shallows, latched onto his leg and knocked him over.
The 37-year-old broke free from the crocodile’s clutches, but it quickly snapped into his dog and dragged it underwater.
Mr MacPhee suffered wounds to his lower leg and was airlifted to Cairns Hospital, where he’s refused to speak about the incident.
Parks and Wildlife Rangers found the same crocodile about 200m from where the attack happened and shot it dead on Thursday night.
Alister MacPhee and his dog were going for a Wednesday evening dip at Bloomfield boat ramp, north of Cairns, when the reptile erupted from the shallows, latched onto his leg and knocked him over
‘This crocodile has built an association between food and humans and that’s an unacceptable risk to the community and therefore we had to act,’ incident controller Michael Joyce said on Friday.
‘A majority of our wildlife officers are trained to shoot crocodiles from a moving vessel.
‘Shooting a crocodile is a one-shot process, it is a very challenging job to do and one they train a lot to do and they are very skilled at doing that.
‘Imagine from a moving vessel – from one or 200m away – shooting a 50-cent piece. That’s basically what they have to do.’
Rangers later found the dog’s remains inside the reptile’s stomach.
Alister MacPhee, 37, was bitten on the leg by the croc, before his dog was also mauled
The Bloomfield River is a well-known crocodile habitat, Mr Joyce said, so the incident should be a warning to people to be cautious.
‘Swimming in croc country is a choice,’ he added.
‘I suggest to people if they want to protect themselves and their families and their pets, is make good choices.’
Footage earlier emerged of the shocking attack.
Mr MacPhee’s dog appeared to try and save his owner from the croc before it was taken.
Mr MacPhee is then seen desperately throwing punches at the crocodile before it dragged the animal into the water.
A nearby ranger rushed to Mr MacPhee’s aid and he was treated at the Wujal Wujal clinic before a rescue helicopter airlifted him to Cairns Hospital in a stable condition.