The Mary River crocodile has been spotted again, prompting rangers to increase trapping efforts.
The Mary River crocodile has been spotted again, prompting rangers to increase trapping efforts. Karleila Thomsen

Mary River croc sighted again by wildlife rangers

WILDLIFE rangers have spotted the elusive Mary River crocodile in the river system this morning while they were tending to a newly installed trap.

The new crocodile trap has been baited and placed in the river to correspond with recent sightings of the 3.5m long reptile.

Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Andrew Powell said a starter bait had been set at the front of the trap to entice the crocodile.

"The lower water temperatures during the cooler winter months appear to have suppressed the animal's appetite," Mr Powell said.

"Now that temperatures are warming up, we need to tempt it into eating again."

 

Rangers have set this trap in the Mary River in the area where the croc has recently been sighted.
Rangers have set this trap in the Mary River in the area where the croc has recently been sighted. Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

A 'tasty morsel' of pig was left at the entrance to get the animal's interest levels up, Mr Powell said.

 

"Wildlife rangers have left the trap gate open and are hoping to get the crocodile's confidence levels up so it will take bait from the vicinity of the trap," he said.

"This is like a cafe enticing you with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the hope that you will come in for a hearty meal.

"Rangers are monitoring the crocodile's behaviour and when they are satisfied that the crocodile is showing sufficient interest, the gate on the trap will be armed.

"This may take a few days, a week or even longer, but it may be the quickest and safest way to get the croc into the trap," Mr Powell said.

Boaties are again being asked to avoid the area to minimise any disturbance to the animals eating habits while the trapping program is underway.



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