The Mary River where the crocodile was spotted attacking the cow.
The Mary River where the crocodile was spotted attacking the cow. Carlie Walker

UPDATE: Wildlife officers investigate after croc drags cow

UPDATE: Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are investigating reports in the media of a recent crocodile sighting in the Mary River.

The sighting has not been reported to EHP on its crocodile reporting number.

Wildlife officers will conduct a sight inspection on Monday morning.

The most recent report received by EHP was on October 19 by a fisherman who reported seeing a crocodile, estimated to be 3.5 metres in length, in the Mary River-Tinana Creek area.

Wildlife officers responded by conducting a site assessment, installing a floating crocodile trap and deploying recent crocodile sighting warning signs in the area.

Members of the public are encouraged to report all crocodile sightings to EHP on 1300 130 372.

All sighting reports are investigated and greatly contribute to the overall effectiveness of crocodile management.

EARLIER: A shocked motorist has spotted a cow being dragged into the Mary River by a crocodile.

The incident happened yesterday as the woman drove across the Henry Palmer Bridge into Maryborough.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she saw the cow on its side near the bridge and then saw the crocodile attacking it.


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She said she would report the incident to the Department of Heritage and Protection.

"It was amazing to see," she said.

The woman said she could not tell how big the crocodile was from what she had seen.

The sighting comes just weeks after wildlife rangers were on the lookout for a crocodile spotted in Tooan Tooan Creek on Hervey Bay's Charlton Esplanade.

A spokesperson from the EHP said while the sighting could not be immediately confirmed, the warning signs were erected, but removed after 7 days.

In April two crocodiles, including one larger than 4.5 metres, were spotted by staff from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

In 2015, a crocodile was captured on film near Petrie Creek at Tiaro by a Landcare group monitoring turtles.

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