The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are actively monitoring an area of the Fitzroy River after five reported crocodile sightings within 10 days.
HIT CQ contacted them to find out why and they sent through this explaination and warning:
There has been an increase in reported crocodile sightings in the Fitzroy River in recent weeks. This is most likely due to crocodiles being on the move in response to recent rain events.
Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and it is not unusual for sighting reports to increase as the animals search out a quiet place where they can wait for the faster moving waters to recede.
If you see a crocodile, please report it as soon as possible to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on 1300 130 372. Timely reports greatly assist wildlife officers in their crocodile management activities.
EHP investigates all crocodile sighting reports it receives.
Residents and visitors are strongly reminded that no matter how many crocodiles have been removed, no waterway in Croc Country can ever be considered to be free of crocodiles.
It is very important to always be CrocWise in Croc Country. In particular:
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
Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.