Rangers hunt in Kauri Creek for third crocodile

RANGERS are on the hunt for a third crocodile on the Fraser Coast after a croc reportedly bumped into a boat at a popular fishing and camping spot.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's Geoff Clare said rangers were searching Kauri Creek in the Tuan State Forest after receiving a report from a fisherman last week.

"There have been a number of reported sightings in Kauri Creek and the adjacent Tin Can Bay in recent years," Mr Clare, the executive director of nature conservation services, said.

"Temporary recent sighting signs have been erected at the location as a precaution."

Recreational fisherman Craig Johnson said he spoke to the rangers while fishing in Kauri Creek on Friday.

"The croc had been seen by a fisherman three days earlier down from the (Log Dump) boat ramp," he said.

"They said the croc had bumped into his boat."

Mr Johnson, a Munna Creek resident, said they told him the croc was in the range of three to four metres long.

"I've never seen one here before but it's the perfect environment for them," he said.

If rangers are able to find the reptile it will be the third confirmed crocodile living on the Fraser Coast.

Earlier this month rangers confirmed there were two living in the Mary River near Beaver Rock.



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