CROC COUNTRY: Rangers set a crocodile trap at the Yeppen Laggoon near the Capricorn Highway.
CROC COUNTRY: Rangers set a crocodile trap at the Yeppen Laggoon near the Capricorn Highway. Tom MacLean, WIN NEWS

Rangers on the hunt for large crocodiles at Yeppen Lagoon

A WALKABOUT crocodile is still on the loose.

Rangers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) installed a trap at the Yeppen Lagoon on Wednesday, after receiving a report of a crocodile in the Gracemere area.

The three-metre reptile has been spotted crossing the Capricorn Hwy several times this month.

However, a spokesperson from EHP yesterday said the crocodile had not yet been caught and no further sightings had been reported.

So far in 2014, three crocodile sightings in the Rockhampton region have been reported, including the Gracemere crocodile.

A sighting was reported at Main Beach, Yeppoon on January 3.

This was found to be a floating log.

Another reptile was reported at Waterpark Creek, Yeppoon, January 2. Investigations could not confirm a crocodile.

These sightings follow a number of others at the Fitzroy River in recent years.

A concerned local, who lives at the mouth of Alligator Creek at Etna Creek said she had seen a "massive animal" at the Ski Gardens, and at a nearby boat ramp, numerous times.

She said many families using the facilities had no idea the dangerous creature was there and called for the crocodiles to be relocated.

Crocodile sightings can be reported on 1300130372.

CROC SIGHTINGS

January 2: Waterpark Creek, Yeppoon

January 3: Main Beach, Yeppoon

January 22: Capricorn Hwy, Gracemere



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