New croc trap is set
UPDATE: A NEW trap is set in the Mary River in the hopes of catching the elusive 3.5m crocodile living in the river system.
Environment and Heritage Protection officers worked from the Beaver Rock boat ramp to locate the new trap in an area closer to the new sightings of the large reptile and were expected to have the trap on location by late Wednesday afternoon.
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said wildlife rangers had monitored the animal's presence in the river since it was first spotted on April 30.
"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."
If caught, the reptile will be relocated under the EHP's crocodile management program, which targets animals that are found south of Gladstone.
Attempts to trap the crocodile began on May 2 and continued until May 25, at which point officers believed the lower water temperatures had caused the animals appetite to be suppressed.
Fraser Coast locals are being urged to:
- Obey croc warning signs
- Not swim in waterways where crocs may live. and remember that crocodiles can also swim in the ocean
- Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
- Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
- Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp.
- Supervise children.