An investigation has been conducted following a report of a large crocodile leaping from the water and into a fisher’s tinnie in Jane Creek near Mackay.
The incident was reported on December 31, 2023, with Wildlife Officers interviewing the fisher who confirmed it occurred close to the northern side of a small island slightly upstream.
Senior Wildlife Officer Jane Burns says they spotted two crocs during their investigation.
“One crocodile was estimated to be around two metres in length, and the other was estimated to be less than one metre in length,” she says.
“Neither animal exhibited any dangerous behaviour, and they are not considered to be the target animal.”
Assessments of Jane Creek failed to find signs of a large crocodile, with no slides or tracks or eye shine.
“Crocodiles are highly mobile, and they do use small creeks to rest while moving between river systems to find new territory,” Ms Burns says.
“Although we didn’t confirm the presence of a large crocodile, there are crocodiles in Jane Creek and people in the area should be extremely vigilant at all times.”
Wildlife officers will continue to monitor for any further reports in the area.