Signs appeared along Tooan Tooan Creek, Pialba, warning of a recent crocodile sighting.
Signs appeared along Tooan Tooan Creek, Pialba, warning of a recent crocodile sighting. Valerie Horton

Officers investigating reported sighting of 3m croc

WILDLIFE officers are on the lookout for a 3 metre long crocodile seen swimming in Tooan Tooan Creek on Charlton Esplanade.

A member of the public reported the sighting on Sunday October 9 at 4pm to officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, who promptly erected signs and started investigations into the animal's presence.

A spokesperson from the EHP said while the sighting could not be immediately confirmed, the warning signs were erected and still remained in place.

Crocodiles found on the Fraser Coast should be.....

This poll ended on 15 October 2016.

Current Results

Culled

30%

Relocated to a zoo or similar enclosure

11%

Relocated to another natural location

30%

Left alone

27%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"EHP wildlife officers responded immediately by conducting an assessment of the area and although the presence of a crocodile could not be confirmed, 'recent crocodile sighting' warning signs were erected," the spokesperson said.

But the department failed to communicate its search with the public, with some only now noting the presence of the signs around Tooan Tooan Creek and Charlton Esplanade.

Cr Darren Everard said the issue remained with the national parks, stating council did not have a role in publicising the information.

"It's not a council issue; this is for national parks," he said.

"It's the process the department follows. They don't publicise it. It doesn't matter if it's here or anywhere else.

"Crocodiles are a protected species; they don't want people down trying to find them."

Should the Fraser Coast Regional Council have told community about crocodile sightings?

This poll ended on 15 October 2016.

Current Results

Yes - people need to know

87%

No - it causes people to panic

12%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Cr Everard warned residents to follow the signs and be wary of their environment.

"We as human beings have to respect the fact there might be wild animals around," he said.

Sunday's reported sighting is not the first time a crocodile has been sighted around Fraser Coast waters, with two crocodiles spotted earlier in the Mary River back in April.

In 2013 an Eli Creek kayaker reported two crocodiles near the water's edge at Point Vernon.

Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP at any time on 1300 130 372.

Being Crocwise

  • Obey warning signs put up by wildlife experts
  • Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocodiles may live
  • Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
  • Do not provoke, harass or feed crocodiles
  • Do not leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a campsite or boat ramp
  • Never interfere with, or fish or boat near crocodile traps
  • Supervise your children.


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