Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Pound crocodile caught by Australian rangers after decade-long hunt

Pound crocodile caught by Australian rangers after decade-long hunt

The animal was taken to a crocodile farm to keep it separate from the local human population, said Northern Territory wildlife operations chief Tracey Duldig.

"We've called it a lot of things over the years because it's been so hard to catch", senior wildlife officer John Burke told broadcaster ABC.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife posted on Facebook on Tuesday that rangers captured, sedated and moved a 4.7-meter crocodile.

In May, rangers saw three crocodiles while surveying the land, according to the Katherine Times.

Weighing up to 600 kg (1,322 lb), the 60-year old crocodile is the biggest ever removed from the Katherine River in the remote Northern Territory.

Because saltwater crocodiles can live up 70 years and grow throughout their lives, reaching up to 7 meters (23 feet), the proportion of large crocodiles is also rising.

The Washington Post reports the near decade-long hunt for the croc known as "big fella" ended after rangers set a trap in the Katherine River last week.

So far this year, 190 of them as well as two freshwater crocodiles have been captured in the Top End region, according to data released by the government. Though it's record-breaking for the area, elsewhere in the wild, saltwater crocodiles can be much larger.

Rangers also caught at a smaller 2.3m crocodile from a trap in the Katherine River near the same area on Monday.

A near 5-metre crocodile that was captured in Taylor's Park in the Northern Territory, Australia is seen in this undated image obtained July 10, 2018.

The croc has been trucked to a crocodile farm outside Kathrine where it's likely to become a tourist attraction.

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