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Huge 600kg, 4.7m long crocodile caught after decade-long hunt

Monster 4.7-metre saltwater crocodile thought to be largest ever removed from Katherine Australia monster crocodile caught after eight-year hunt
Steven Clarke | 12 July, 2018, 03:30

A 15-foot, 1,300-pound saltwater croc was captured in Australia.

A picture of the massive croc showed it with its jaw tapped down and its body tightly bound to a grate with ropes.

Rangers caught the crocodile Monday after setting a trap on a private property near Katherine, a town in Northern Territory, Australia.

Tourists swim, canoe and take cruises in the gorge among freshwater crocodiles, a different species that are small, timid and rarely harm humans.

Wildlife rangers in northern Australia captured a massive 600 kilogram (1,300 pound) crocodile after first spotting it almost a decade ago.

"It is a bit of a thrill", wildlife ranger John Burke told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, "but you've also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is".

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So far this year, 187 of them have been captured in the Top End - the northernmost part of the Northern Territory, according to the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife website, which advises visitors to be "crocwise".

"That sort of croc, in my opinion, is the most unsafe to people", Webb said. Webb said the capture proved that the government protection program worked.

Saltwater crocodiles are a common feature of Australia's tropical north and kill an average of two people a year.

"It's worrying, but it's good that they've got an active program and they've got active traps", he said.

The crocodile population has exploded since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, with the killing of an elderly woman a year ago reigniting calls to curb their numbers. "This is the biggest saltwater crocodile..."

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