Croc gives searchers the slip, hunt called off

WILDLIFE officers have stopped their search for a crocodile which was caught on camera in the Mary River at Tiaro in late June.

The search had been prompted by the Tiaro Landcare group who caught some sneaky snaps of the crocodile on a camera set up to monitor the Mary River Turtle.

But since the sighting on June 29, the crocodile has become elusive, prompting Environment and Heritage Protection officers to give up the hunt.

"While EHP wildlife officers have currently discontinued surveys for this animal, the department will continue to investigate if further sighting reports are received," a spokesman for the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said.

Wildlife officers had been undertaking day and night vessel-based surveys at the river but were unable to catch sight of the elusive reptile.

A crocodile has been captured on camera at Tiaro.
A crocodile has been captured on camera at Tiaro.

The spokesman said community members should not be concerned the croc had not shown itself again.

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

"Crocodiles that do not have a home range or territory will keep moving, sometimes more than 600km, in their attempt to establish one."

The spokesman encouraged Tiaro community members to develop 'Croc Wise' attitudes due to the croc sightings in the area.



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