Man Killing Croc Put to Death Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

Carl Diaz, 47, was killed by the jaws of a crocodile on Monday, April 7th, in the Green Estates area of Lord’s Bank Village. Diaz is originally from Benque Viejo Town but frequently fishes in the Ladyville/Lord’s Bank area. He was fishing in the area around 3 p.m. on Monday April 7. It is believed that he was just about to call it a day when he went to take a rinse in the water. It was at this time that the crocodile took its opportunity to attack. Another fisherman in the area reported that he heard screams and saw a crocodile dragging the man’s body. That fisherman made some noise to gain the crocodile’s attention which caused the beast to release its prey. At this same time a group of kids were heading towards the pond to swim and they also heard screaming. They went to check and saw Diaz’s body near the pond. His right leg was almost severed and he had multiple bite wounds across the body. Diaz was already dead.

Residents of the community joined Vince Rose of the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary in Ladyville to search for the killer. Being aware of the increased activity in the area, the crocodile went into hiding. It was not until Thursday, April 10th, that the search party came across the creature’s den. The group of volunteers dug the killer out of its hole and Rose lured it out. It was a mature 12 foot male fresh water Morelet crocodile. According to Rose, it was 45 to 55 years old and weighed 500 to 550 pounds. The crocodile was euthanized, burnt and buried.       

Carl Diaz was the father of five children. Vince Rose says there are lessons to be learnt from the tragedy. He says, “It is so imperative that people follow the law by not feeding any wildlife.” According to Rose, “It’s scientifically proven; almost every attack is related back to a feeding whether it was indirect or direct feeding.” He warns fishermen, “You are not supposed to be cleaning your fish scraps in the waterways.” He says feeding wild apex predator causes them to lose their fear of humans. They then look to humans as food sources and, eventually, food.