New menu to lure croc

FISH appetisers and chicken mains are next on the menu after the elusive Mary River crocodile showed no interest in a pig carcass.

Wildlife rangers are changing the bait in the floating trap to catch the 3.5m beast which has eluded capture since it was reported to the Environment and Heritage Protection Department on May 2.

EHP wildlife management operations manager Mike Devery said that while changing the menu might help, trapping these animals was "never a sure thing".

"We know this bait is attractive to crocodiles but after almost a week of trying to lure the animal into the trap we're varying the fare in the hope of tempting the croc further," he said.

"Chickens have now been set as bait in the trap, with a fish suspended at front of the trap as a starter."

"Crocodiles are wary and mobile animals by nature and sometimes crocs we're trying to trap simply move to another location - and this can be some distance away.

"Rangers check this trap each evening and morning and do frequent patrols of the section of the river where the crocodile was seen, but have had no sightings of the animal since 6 May."

Because the crocodile was observed south of the Boyne River, near Gladstone, it was automatically declared a "crocodile of concern" under the department's crocodile management policy.

This meant a trap would be set and, if caught, the animal would be sent to an established crocodile farm or zoo.

Report crocodile sightings to EHP on 1300 130 372.

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