CHIEFS and community elders of Ghove communities at Tangarare in west Guadalcanal have appealed to users of Ghove River to be alert and take extra caution when crossing and travelling along the river.
The plea comes after people of Ghove River reports of an enormous crocodile being spotted in the river.
Speaking on behalf of the community elders while alerting the people last week after a Sunday service, Mr Anthony Matelaomao said it is dangerous to cross and use the river for fishing and even travel by wooden canoe during the day and night.
He said the active movement of the crocodile began after an incident occurred early this year at Ghove River when the killer silently grabbed and killed a 26-year-old male while swimming in the river.
He adds last week, people reported that they spotted the crocodile four to five times each day in different locations, and it was risky for animals and people to use roads close to the river bank or to travel by canoe.
He therefore appealed to the responsible authority to quickly respond to the call of their communities regarding the killer reptile.
BY CAMILLUS KOLE