A third trap has been deployed in the Mary River.
A third trap has been deployed in the Mary River. John Wilson

One more trap set for big croc

WILDLIFE rangers will set a third floating trap in the Mary River today if the elusive Mary River crocodile had not been caught by last night.

The third trap will be a floating trap, identical to first trap set on May 2.

It will complement the first trap and a second bag trap set on the riverbank on May 10.

Although it has been seen a number of times since May 1, the crocodile has so far resisted the temptation to enter the traps.

EHP wildlife director Dr Ashley Bunce said the third trap would be set in the area where the crocodile has been observed, but would be away from the other traps to maximise the chances of catching the croc.

"The fact that the crocodile seems not to be tempted by our tasty treats is understandable.

"Being a cold-blooded animal, its metabolism will slow and its appetite will wane considerably in the cooler months - especially as it's south of its more natural territory."

Dr Bunce said the department would continue to try to trap the animal for as long as it's being seen in the river.

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