Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rangers Are Urged to 'Leave Our Croc Alone'

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rangers Are Urged to 'Leave Our Croc Alone'

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Arthur Gorrie

CROCODILES are no big deal in the Mary River and should be respected, according to an apparently significant body of community opinion.

Faith de Vere and her son Chris yesterday joined a call to leave the crocodile in "its territory."

Crocodiles, a standard feature of many Central and North Queensland waterways, have not been reported anywhere near Gympie's part of the Mary River since the 1960s.

It was during that era that a young Chris de Vere saw one at Fisherman's Pocket.

And a large crocodile was shot near Tiaro about then and its skin is on display at the Bauple Museum.

"My father saw it being towed into Tiaro on a trailer at the back of a VW," river conservationist Steve Burgess told The Gympie Times.

"The river is its territory, why not leave it alone?" he said.

Mrs de Vere recalled one crocodile that was a regular feature of Gympie life, often seen sunning itself on a sandbank near where North Deep Creek flows into the Mary River at Monkland. …

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