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THE Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion (EHP) has re­ceived a num­ber of un­con­firmed re­ports of crocodile sight­ings at Air­lie Beach, Shute Har­bour and Sa­rina, since the start of the year.

The only con­firmed sight­ing was at Long Is­land last month.

EHP in­ves­ti­gated the is­land sight­ing and in­stalled crocodile warn­ing signs.

An EHP spokesman urged resi- dents to be 'croc wise', which in­cludes obey­ing crocodile warn­ing signs, pre­vent­ing do­mes­tic pets from swim­ming in wa­ters where crocs may live and stand­ing back from the wa­ter when fish­ing or cast­ing nets

"Never pro­voke, ha­rass or feed crocs," he said.

"Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the wa­ter, a camp site or boat ramp, and al­ways su­per­vise chil­dren."

The spokesman also re­minded res­i­dents of the im­por­tance of reporting crocodile sight­ings.

"Do not ap­proach the crocodile un­der any cir­cum­stances," he said.

"Re­port the sight­ing as soon as pos­si­ble to EHP on 1300 130 372 so it can be in­ves­ti­gated.”

EHP in­ves­ti­gated more than 50 con­firmed crocodile sight­ings and more than 220 un­con­firmed crocodile sight­ings in 2013.

SIGHT­INGS: There have been sev­eral un­con­firmed sight­ings of croc­o­diles in re­cent months.

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