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Crocs in the vaal dam

Postby gaboon » Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:34 pm

Just heard on the news that crocs have been spotted by the authorities in the vaal dam, who's got a rubber duck?

They didnt say how many or how big though
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Postby arcadies » Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:52 pm

thats awsm, do they know how they got there?
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Postby snake-5 » Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:03 pm

I recall a case a while back when they found a hippo in the dam aswell.
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:38 pm

The killer croc that was shot was all of a metre long. There is some controversy because natcon are hissed off because it was shot without a permit.

Some a****** is all excited now because he has said he saw them in the past and tried to warn the residents of the danger but they did not believe him.

The "nature conservation officials" which are self appointed and look like bloody car watchers have now gone up and down river putting up signs warning any boat owners about the "dangers" that they are facing.

People like this should all drown and become crab food.
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Postby Zeek » Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:40 pm

Will it be safe for the crabs to eat them :?: ;-)
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:45 pm

Crabs can eat any cr@p
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Postby arcadies » Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:54 pm

so was it only 1 croc? and htf did it get into the vaal dam?
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:01 pm

They reckon that there were two and the big one got away. Typical fisherman story. You know the type, they take up fishing because their wives do not let them drink brandy and coke at home.
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Postby Zeek » Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:03 pm

You left out the Braai :lol:
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Postby drummer » Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:05 pm

the one fisherman actually hooked one...he fought it all the way to the boat! Then the crocs friends came to help it and it got away... it was this big....*arms stretched out*
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Postby arcadies » Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:47 pm

lol hehe :D
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Postby Kouthia » Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:31 am

so was it only 1 croc? and htf did it get into the vaal dam?


I think it is safe to assume it swam.
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Postby Quintin » Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:45 am

Hi All,

Just want to correct something... The crocs have been spotted in the Vaal River system... not the Vaal Dam... Even BETTER!!!

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Postby Bushbaby » Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:09 am

My boss is a member at the one aquatic club there. This is a notice which was sent out on Monday, reading:

Important Info:

Dear Member

There were rumours of a crocodile resident in the Vaal River. The “rumour” has now been substantiated, with a crocodile having recently been shot and killed on the corner of the Klip and the Vaal Rivers. Apparently, there is still one large crocodile at large with possible further crocodiles around the Klip and Suikerbos Rivers. There may not be one in the actual Vaal River System.

The committee, guided by the Ski & Safety Officer of the club have decided that children will not be allowed near the rivers edge without parent or adult supervision. Sitting on the jetties or the rivers edge, specifically early mornings or evenings, will not be permitted. Skiing is permitted, however with greater vigilance and at your own risk, keeping to the centre of the river! Swimming is prohibited. Please understand that during winter periods crocodiles are generally in-active and don’t feed that often. However during summer months this cycle reverses and they need to feed frequently

Please speak to your children and visitors and advise them accordingly of the crocodiles issue. The report has been substantiated by Eco Wild and Randwater. Please we don’t want people going out there shooting the crocs – and, as discussed with Randwater, they are few and far between and are sure that both boaters and wildlife can co-exist.

Rand Water as well as other organisations are looking for the crocodiles and should we receive any further information this will be passed onto you.

Should you, while boating, happen to see a crocodile, you are asked to please phone the club manager, who will contact the right authorities.

Thank you for your co-operation with regards to the above issue and please be safe.

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Postby Bushbaby » Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:13 am

The latest news in regard to the croc:

Watch out for the crocs, say cops

A crocodile was shot in the Vaal River system recently and more are still in the rivers, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

Inspector Gerrie Steyn of the Vaal Rand police water wing said a crocodile was shot by a private game company from Vereeniging a week ago and its body confiscated by Gauteng Nature Conservation (GNC) this week.

Steyn said the crocodile was shot illegally, without a permit. The reptile was a young one, about a metre long.

It was shot at the Klip River about 100 metres from the Golf Road bridge, said Steyn.

"There are definitely crocodiles in the system, in the Klip River, the Vaal River and probably in the Sugar Bush River," said Steyn.

He did not think they were a major threat as they were afraid of loud noise and seemed to be in areas away from people.

However he warned the public not to approach the crocodiles but to call him or nature conservation officers instead. "People mustn't harass them, that's asking for trouble."

He said it was also an offence to catch or kill a crocodile without a permit.

Steyn said crocodiles had been reported in the Klip and Vaal, while dogs had disappeared along the Sugar Bush.

"About three to four months ago we got a report of a crocodile spotted in the Klip River. We couldn't find it."

He saw one himself recently. "It posed no threat to anyone, it was just laying there on a tree stump in the river."

Police and GNC are teaming up to track the creatures and plan to use a helicopter to do this.

It was not clear where the crocodiles came from.

Steyn said a crocodile farm in the area admitted losing some reptiles during recent floods, but said it had recaptured them all. He said it was also possible that they had escaped from an illegal breeding operation on a farm.

He said the crocodiles had probably been in the rivers since last summer.

Rand Water's Peter Hoge, who is the catchment coordinator for that part of the Vaal area, said he had heard about the crocodiles but not seen any.

He said the town of Three Rivers was named after the confluence of the Klip, Vaal and Sugar Bush, so people should be careful.

"They're totally, absolutely within residential areas," said Hoge.

Captain William Mcera of the Vaal Rand area commissioner's office said anyone who saw one of the crocodiles should call Steyn on 082 853 0435 or the GNC hotline, 082 759 0078. - Sapa

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Conservation officials search for Vaal crocs

Gauteng Nature Conservation (GNC) was on Wednesday searching for at least two more crocodiles in the Vaal River system after one was shot dead.

GNC acting director Leon Lotter said that his department and police were investigating charges of illegal hunting in connection with the shooting on July 15 of a crocodile in the Klip River.

Forensic experts will try to remove the bullet from the crocodile for ballistic tests to assist the prosecution.

Lotter said at least two more crocodiles were rumoured to be on the loose.

"It appears there are more crocodiles," said Lotter. "We didn't expect them here."

The crocodiles are believed to have escaped from a crocodile farm or an illegal breeding project.

Anyone who sees one is warned not to approach it but to contact the GNC hotline on 082-759-0078 or the Vaal Rand police water wing's Inspector Gerrie Steyn on 082-853-0435.

Steyn said a private game company from Vereeniging shot the crocodile and GNC confiscated the carcass. The crocodile was shot illegally, without a permit. The reptile was a young one, about a metre long.

It was shot at the Klip River about 100 metres from the Golf Road bridge.

Steyn said crocodiles had been reported in the Klip and Vaal rivers, while dogs had disappeared along the Sugar Bush.

"About three to four months ago we got a report of a crocodile spotted in the Klip River. We couldn't find it."

He saw one himself recently. "It posed no threat to anyone, it was just lying there on a tree stump in the river." - Sapa

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