Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection conducted an aerial inspection of waterways near Mareeba on Tuesday August 8, 2017 and confirmed the presence of two saltwater crocodiles. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection conducted an aerial inspection of waterways near Mareeba on Tuesday August 8, 2017 and confirmed the presence of two saltwater crocodiles. PHOTO SUPPLIED

HUNTED: Rangers searching for crocodiles in Qld wetlands

TWO saltwater crocodiles, including one about 4m long, have been spotted from the air above Mareeba by rangers.

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) took to the air on Tuesday to search for any of the dangerous reptiles at Two Mile Creek, Mareeba Wetlands, sections of the Barron River, Lake Mitchell, and various smaller dams.

The department's Lindsay Delzoppo said one of the crocs seen during the helicopter survey was around 4m long, in the southwestern corner of Lake Mitchell.

"This large animal has never been reported to EHP on its crocodile sighting phone number but local residents have reported reliable advice of a big saltie in the area," he said.

"EHP wildlife officers will now contact the property owner to seek permission to access the land and remove the crocodile."

The rangers also spotted another croc, more than 2m long, at Two Mile Creek, outside of Mareeba.

The animal has been targeted for removal, alongside a 60cm croc that was previously reported in a farm dam at Mareeba.

The survey follows an incident last month where a Mareeba cane farm worker was bitten on the hand by a small croc that had become scorched in a cane fire.

While there is freshwater crocodiles in waterways at Mareeba and surrounds, the territory is not recognised as typical habitat for saltwater crocs.

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