A 10-year long hunt to capture the Katherine region’s largest crocodile has concluded in triumph.
A male saltwater crocodile measuring 4.71 metres long — as long as the average family sedan — was snared by rangers in the Australian Northern Territory town on Monday.
Whispers of a large, dark tail frequently observed near a local boat ramp has had rangers on the hunt for more than a decade.
A smaller 2.37 metre croc was too pulled out of the Katherine River in the same area, around 60km downstream of the centre of Katherine.
“Capturing more crocs downstream makes it less likely we’ll find any closer to the Katherine town,” ranger Burke said.
Traps went in two weeks ago and the greatest was the first to be hit, the ranger expressed. Rangers stated the 600 kilogram crocodile, who may be over 60 years old, was not as challenging to trap as one would think.
“When they are this big we just sedate them, so there is no chance of us getting chomped,” ranger Heydon spoke.
“Although this is the biggest we’ve caught in the Katherine River, there are bigger ones out there that come up from the Daly River,” said ranger Burke.
“Even though it is dry season, crocs are around. They are always moving around regardless of the temperature,” he added.
“The population is growing. Stay vigilant.”
There have been 7 crocs pulled from the Katherine River already this year, versus 13 last year and 8 the previous year.
The biggest saltwater crocodile ever trapped and caught was just over 5 metres long.
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