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Search continues for crocodile lurking in Mary River

A 3.8 m crocodile caught in the Mary River at the Mungar reach. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
A 3.8 m crocodile caught in the Mary River at the Mungar reach. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

THE hunt continues for a crocodile lurking in the waters of the Mary River.

A team of wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) were sent out to find the giant reptile almost a month ago on November 17, but have not had any luck finding it.

According to a DEHP spokesperson, the most recent reported sighting of a crocodile in the Mary River was on November 23 in the freshwater catchment below Tiaro.

"Day and night time surveys since that time have not revealed any signs of a crocodile," the spokesperson said.

"No further sightings have been reported in the area."

So far the officers have searched the upstream parts of the Mary, near the barrage, but have not seen any signs of their scaly fugitive.

The next step for the team will be to check the upper part of the river by boat, which they are expected to do on either Wednesday or Thursday this week.

Traps have also been set to catch the croc.

"A land-based trap is currently deployed near Grahams Creek upstream from Maryborough and a floating trap will be deployed in the same general area later this week," the spokesperson said.

"Wildlife officers are also investigating recent reported sightings of a crocodile in Bunya Creek, near River Heads."

Officers will begin searching the Bunya Creek area throughout the week to look for evidence of a crocodile living in the area, such as slide marks or tracks.

"EHP will continue to undertake regular surveys of the Mary River in an attempt to confirm the reported ongoing presence of crocodiles," they said.

"Anyone who spots a croc in the Mary River is urged to immediately contact the department on 1300 130 372 to allow wildlife officers to investigate."

Even though the Mary River is not generally considered 'Croc Country', members of the public are encouraged to adopt Crocwise behaviour such as:

• Obey croc warning signs

• Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live

• Be aware that crocodiles 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

• Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and

• Always supervise children

• Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.

More information on being Crocwise, including video safety tips on boating and fishing in crocodile country, is available on the EHP website at www.ehp.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  crocodile mary river search sightings



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