CROC SEARCH: Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are hoping to catch and relocate two crocs spotted in the Mary River.
CROC SEARCH: Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are hoping to catch and relocate two crocs spotted in the Mary River.

Was Mary River croc spotted near the Brolga?

THE search continues for two crocodiles confirmed by wildlife officers to be lurking in the Mary River.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has expanded its search up the river.

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The search came after a member of the public told the EHP last Friday a brief glimpse was had of a dark object which may have been a crocodile in the Mary River near the Brolga Theatre.

CROC SEARCH: Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are hoping to catch and relocate two crocs spotted in the Mary River.
CROC SEARCH: Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are hoping to catch and relocate two crocs spotted in the Mary River.

EHP wildlife officers immediately searched the riverbank, but failed to find any signs of the croc.

An EHP spokeswoman said the confirmed crocodiles could have travelled up to the stretch of river near the Brolga.

"Crocodiles are highly mobile and capable of travelling long distances, with some animals known to cover more than 40km in a single day," the spokeswoman said.

"It is therefore not unexpected to receive multiple sightings of a single animal over a short period of time."

To catch the initial two crocs spotted last week, a floating trap at Graham's Creek is being monitored by camera and officers are rebaiting the trap weekly.

Two crocs have been spotted in the Mary River
Two crocs have been spotted in the Mary River

The spokeswoman said it could take some time for the animals to lose their natural wariness around the trap.

Members of the public can assist by avoiding the area if possible.



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