Oz golf course lake has 'Crocodile Steve' as its most dangerous occupant

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Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), Feb.23 (ANI): A golf course in North Queensland has the world's most dangerous water hazard-a six-foot-long crocodile.

The crocodile, known as Steve, has been lurking at Willows Golf Resort for more than a week, attracting near-daily sightings, but a conspicuous lack of panic, reports the Daily Telegraph.

"It's not scaring anyone - it's par for the course in North Queensland," said Adrian Lawson, the club's manager.

"North Queenslanders are used to seeing this kind of thing," he added.

Steve, a freshwater crocodile known to be more docile than its saltwater cousin, can be seen swimming or enjoying the tropical sun near the par-five second or par-three 17th holes, which tee off over his lake.

"It doesn't put anyone off unless they put their ball in that lake - they're not going to retrieve it, that's for sure. We've seen him sunning himself on the bank on the second [hole], but whenever anyone has come near him he's straight back in the drink, as quick as a wink," Lawson was quoted, as saying.

The Townsville course has played host to about five crocodiles in recent years when heavy rains swell a nearby river, dumping the reptiles in its lake.

The phenomenon is common enough for the course to have its own crocodile management plan, the first step of which is calling local authorities to check the animal does not pose any danger.

"It's not going to eat anyone or chase a dog down the main street, but it's an interesting find," said Lawson. (ANI)

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