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No sign of croc as rangers continue to search

RANGERS are yet to find any evidence of a crocodile at Shelly Beach.

The Department of Environment and Heritage confirmed on Wednesday night that, following daily surveys of the shoreline between Scarness and Urangan, no slide marks or other telltale signs had been detected.

Early morning and spotlight searches have been carried out since reports of a 2m crocodile near the boat ramp were first made last week.

Two further reports were made to the department on the weekend.

A wildlife patrol boat, which has been designed for crocodile searches and the monitoring of other marine creatures, is expected to be deployed to the region in coming weeks.

Asked whether any boats had or would be sent out to search for the crocodile, a spokeswoman for the EHP said the need had not arisen.

"Since a reported sighting last Thursday, experienced wildlife officers have taken the sensible approach to monitor the shallow waters and look for evidence of crocodile slides..." the spokeswoman said

"Despite daily land based monitoring efforts, we have found no evidence of a crocodile.

"If a crocodile is confirmed to be present it will be targeted for capture."

The spokeswoman said warning signs were provided for visitors to be alert and urged people "to listen to the advice of our wildlife officers".

Crocodile sightings can be reported to the EHP on 1300 130 372.

Topics:  croc, crocodile, department of environment and heritage, hervey bay, search, shelly beach




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