CROC COUNTRY: Mission to catch "croc of concern" near club
GOLFERS on the first green of the Capricorn Country Club can tee off without fear of being snapped up by a two-metre crocodile, likely lurking nearby.
An employee of the North Rockhampton venue confirmed Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) wildlife officers scoured the golf course earlier in the week after a two-metre crocodile was spotted on December 7 in Splitters Creek, which borders the club.
EHP have since set up a trap in the creek near the Larcombe St bridge which runs over the creek in a bid to catch and relocate the "crocodile of concern".
Clearly visible from the road, two excited passers-by from Yeppoon pulled up and stopped to eye off the contraption this morning with hopes they might spot a prehistoric beast.
One man said while he often frequented the creeks, he had never actually spotted a crocodile and was eager to get a first-hand glimpse to confirm "all the stories".
But they were met with disappointment with only curious turtles game enough to get near the cage.
Crocodile warning signs have been set up at access points to the Fitzory River including along Larcombe St and across the river at Ski Park, Wandal.
Since The Morning Bulletin reported on the sighting yesterday, it has stirred a mixed reaction among readers.
Some claim they have waded in waist deep water near the croc without a care, others argue there are "no harmless crocodiles" and call for a cull.
For some though the news is no surprise, rather it's just an animal enjoying its natural habitat.
A Capricorn Country Club employee said EHP officers had not found any signs of tracks or slides which would indicate the crocodile had entered course.
But the sighting comes as no shock to patrons and employees of the club after Rockhampton council workers spotted a crocodile within the club's waterway in October of 2013.
While the crocodile was never captured, employees welcomed "Crusty the Crocodile" to the creek as a less-threatening substitute.