Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town

Wildlife rangers in the North Territory captured a mammoth crocodile Monday

Wildlife rangers in the North Territory captured a mammoth crocodile Monday

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

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

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife said it had trapped the 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) reptile on Monday more than 300 kilometers (185 miles) from the ocean and only 30 kilometers (19 miles) downstream from Katherine Gorge, a major tourist attraction outside the Northern Territory town of Katherine.

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.

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

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KATHERINE (Northern Territory), July 10 - An elusive monster saltwater crocodile weighing 600kg has finally been caught after an eight-year hunt in Australia, officials said this morning.

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". "This is the biggest saltwater crocodile..."

"Yesterday afternoon rangers caught a 4.7m male saltwater crocodile in a trap on private property 60km downstream from Katherine", reads the post, which features a photo of the animal with six Parks and Wildlife employees to provide size comparison.

The government said that each year, rangers remove about 250 "problem crocodiles" from the area.

"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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