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Mary River crocodile capture program

Mary River crocodile capture

Mary River crocodile capture

Wildlife Officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) continue to respond to public sighting reports and proactively monitor crocodile activity in the Mary River near Maryborough.

In the last three years two crocodiles were captured and relocated by EHP to a crocodile farm near Rockhampton in central Queensland.

The first was a 3.2m male which was captured in November 2013 and the second was a 3.9m male which was captured in November 2014 using a non-lethal harpoon technique.

EHP is continuing with a capture program for two crocodiles listed in the Mary River, which were last confirmed by EHP wildlife officers in April 2016.

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection will target for removal all crocodiles south of the Boyne River.

It is critical that members of the public continue to exercise Crocwise behaviour when boating, fishing and undertaking other activities in and around the Mary River. In particular people should:

  • Obey crocodile warning signs.
  • Never swim in water where crocodiles may live.
  • Never stand in the water's edge or on an overhanging log, stand a few meters back for fishing or cast netting.
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocodiles.
  • Never leave food scraps, fish frames or bait on the water's edge, near a camp site or boat ramp as this may attract crocs to the area.
  • Always supervise children.

Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in crocodile country.

Further information is available on being Crocwise.

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

Last updated
14 March 2017