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Fitzroy croc caught on Instagram, but evades officers

Instagram user Kama Burgess spotted this croc lurking in the #mightyfitzroy yesterday morning.
Instagram user Kama Burgess spotted this croc lurking in the #mightyfitzroy yesterday morning. Amber Hooker

UPDATE: THIS crocodile may have evaded the Queensland Government, but it could not escape the gaze of a Rockhampton passer by.

Today, The Morning Bulletin reported the Department of Environment ad Heritage Protection (EHP) had called off the hunt for two crocodiles spotted in the Fitzroy River last month. 

An EHP spokesperson said no further action  would be taken to capture a two-metre crocodile spotted in Splitters Creek after wildlife officers spotted it in early December.


Another crocodile was caught basking on the fish ladder of the barrage in the Fitzroy River on December 23.

But out of sight does not mean out of the water, as Instagram user Kama Burgess yesterday discovered.

 

 

 

Crocodile warning signs have been placed at various locations and entry points to the Fitzroy River.

The EHP had said they would continue to investigate if further sightings are reported.

The Morning Bulletin have notified the EHP and are awaiting comment.

 

INITIAL: THE hunt for two crocodiles lurking in the Fitzroy River is over after they were spotted late last year.

A trap was set in Splitters Creek after Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) wildlife officers sighted a two-metre beast in the area.

But an EHP spokesman said the animal was not caught or seen again.

"No further action is being taken at the moment, although EHP will continue to investigate if further sightings are reported," the spokesperson said.

They said the animal did not appear aggressive and has not been seen again, and was likely moving through the waterways because of recent flooding, which is "common crocodile behaviour".

Crocodile at Fitzroy Barrage captured on CCTV footage posted on the Rockhampton Regional Council's Facebook page.
Crocodile at Fitzroy Barrage captured on CCTV footage posted on the Rockhampton Regional Council's Facebook page. contributed

On December 23, EHP were advised of a crocodile in the fish ladder of the barrage in the Fitzroy River, which was also captured on CCTV footage and shared on the Rockhampton Regional Council's Facebook.

The crocodile was not seen again, but warning signs have been erected at locations around the river.

"Locals and visitors alike must appreciate that waterways in and around Rockhampton form part of crocodiles' natural habitat and it would not be unusual to see a crocodile," an EHP spokesman said.

Topics:  crocodile environment and heritage protection fitzroy river fitzroy river barrage


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