Australian rangers trap 770-pound crocodile near Outback tourist spot

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Australian rangers trapped a 14.5-foot, 770-pound saltwater crocodile at a tourist site in the country’s Northern Territory.

The male giant croc was captured on Friday in the Flora River in a remote nature park, about 120 km southwest of the town of Katherine in the Outback, said John Burke, a senior ranger at Katherine. He said it was the largest crocodile captured in the area for several years.

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“I certainly wouldn’t want to see him when I’m fishing,” Burke told Australian outlet ABC.

A 770-pound (350-kilogram) male crocodile is tied to the back of a trailer in Katherine, Australia, August 28, 2020. Wildlife guards trapped the 14.5-foot saltwater crocodile ( 4.4 meters) in a tourist destination in Australia. North territory. (Department of Tourism, Sports and Culture of the Northern Territory via AP)

The fangs are trapped in large cages baited with wild pig and other meats and submerged in streams.

Burke told the branch that the average length of crocodiles rangers trap in the Katherine River, which is closer to the sea, is around 11 feet 8 inches.

However, Burke said a croc captured from the Katherine River three years ago was 15.5 feet long.

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The number of crocodiles has been increasing in tropical north Australia since federal law made them a protected species in the early 1970s.

“They’re definitely increasing (in number), and that’s part of the reason we have management zones – to reduce the number in high-traffic areas so that there is less chance of interaction between them. salines and people, ”said Burke, referring to the saltwater fangs. .

The captured crocodile had been taken to a crocodile farm to be part of a breeding program. Farmed crocodiles can be killed for their meat and hide.

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“Hopefully it’s going to be a little croc station out there and he has a new girlfriend,” Burke said on the exit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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