EHP Rangers resume hunt for elusive Mary River croc

RANGERS have launched a second attempt to trap a 3.5-metre crocodile in the Mary River.

The animal was first spotted in April but attempts to catch it were unsuccessful.

Rangers placed a floating trap in the river on Tuesday morning after numerous sightings of the croc in the river system.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell said earlier unsuccessful attempts to catch the crocodile could have been due to cooler weather and a suppressed appetite.

"We've had sighting reports from time to time since May and rangers have observed the animal in the vicinity of Brothers Island in recent weeks and slide marks have been seen on the banks of the river," he said.

"EHP planned to recommence a trapping program for the crocodile when warmer weather returned if it continued to inhabit the Mary River system.

"The animal still appears to be wary of human activity, and as such the public should exercise caution in or near the river, particularly the Beaver Rock area."



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