Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge

Lester Mason
July 10, 2018

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

The 1,300-pound predator was caught about 185 miles from the ocean and about 19 miles downstream from Katherine Gorge, a major tourist attraction outside the town of Katherine, the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife officials said.

"You've got to have a bit of respect for it".

"But you've also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is". The crocodile that was captured on Monday will live out its life on a crocodile farm.

The crocodile, estimated to be more than 60 years old, was found lurking near a boat ramp in the Katherine River. However when saltwater crocodiles are found near the gorge, they are captured.

NT Parks and Wildlife wrote on Facebook the reptile was removed "to help prevent human interaction in the more populated areas".

"Large crocodiles can move around Top End waterways undetected and you should always be croc wise".

Saltwater crocodiles have seen a population boom since becoming a protected species by federal law in 1971, Northern Territory-based crocodile expert Grahame Webb said.

Authorities in Australia have caught a saltwater crocodile measuring nearly 5 meters (16.4 ft), one of the biggest on record, to stop it from reaching a populated area, the Department of Tourism said on Tuesday. It was caught and killed in 1974, also in the Northern Territory. Webb said that areas where saltwater crocodiles are the most sparse can be the most unsafe. "Trapped crocodiles can't be relocated to their natural habitat due to costs and because they can travel large distances to return to their home range".

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