Two crocs sighted near Beaver Rock

WILDLIFE officers are continuing their search for two crocodiles lurking in the waters of Maryborough's Mary River.

After two crocodiles, one 2.5m long and the other a massive 4.5m long, were seen by wildlife officers near Grahams Creek in April this year, the hunt has been on to find the giant reptiles and relocate them further north.

While the floating trap in Grahams Creek remains empty, members of the public have reported sightings to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection since the search began.

A spokeswoman from the DEHP told the Chronicle the most recent sightings were on Saturday, June 11, when a member of the public reported seeing two crocodiles one kilometre downstream from Beaver Rock.

"EHP wildlife officers conducted a vessel-based patrol but no crocodile was observed," the spokeswoman said.

"There is a permanent crocodile warning sign in place at Beaver Rock boat ramp."

The EHP wildlife officers will continue to remove the two confirmed crocodiles present in the Mary River, regular patrols are taking place and cameras have been set up along the river bank.

The floating trap in Graham's Creek is being re-baited weekly and monitored daily by remote camera.

Members of the public are reminded that it is very important to use "CrocWise" behaviour at all times.

In particular:

  •  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.
  • Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.

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