Crocodile warning signs set up at Ski Park, Wandal following a recent sighting in the Fitztroy River.Photo Amber Hooker / The Morning Bulletin
Crocodile warning signs set up at Ski Park, Wandal following a recent sighting in the Fitztroy River.Photo Amber Hooker / The Morning Bulletin Amber Hooker

Crocodile sighted near popular North Rockhampton park

A "CROCODILE of concern” lurks in the Fitzroy River in North Rockhampton.

Warning signs have recently been placed at Ski Park, Wandal after Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) wildlife officers crocodile spotted the crocodile in Splitters Creek, North Rockhampton.

An EHP spokesperson said the department were "continuing their efforts to remove the crocodile” since the December 7 sighting.

"The saltwater crocodile, estimated to be two metres in length, was seen by wildlife officers during a regular patrol,” they said.

"As the crocodile was seen within the Crocodile Urban Management Area, it has been targeted for removal.

"Wildlife officers deployed a floating trap and installed recent crocodile sighting warning signs.”

As Fitzroy Basin Association's Cassandra Tracey stood alongside the site on Monday to discuss the successful Fitzroy River Turtle breeding season she said crocodiles were ever-present in the waterway, but said people should remain "alert not alarmed”.

Local user groups have been notified.

EHP advise members of the public should continue to exercise Crocwise behaviour:

Obey croc warning signs

Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live

Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean

Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting

Never provoke, harass or feed crocs

Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp

Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and

Always supervise children and take responsibility for your safety



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