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Monster crocodile finally caught after 10 years on the run

Monster crocodile finally caught after 10 years on the run

Following a almost decade-long hunt, a massive saltwater crocodile has been captured in northern Australia, according to wildlife authorities.

"He was removed downstream from Katherine to help prevent human interaction in the more populated areas".

"We've called it a lot of things over the years because it's been so hard to catch", John Burke, a senior wildlife officer, said.

Though the average saltwater crocodile is about 5 meters (17 feet) long, according to National Geographic, captures of this size are rare, park authorities said.

The Washington Post reports the near decade-long hunt for the croc known as "big fella" ended after rangers set a trap in the Katherine River last week.

"But you've also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is".

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With an estimated weight of up to 600 kilograms and thought to be more than 60 years old, it is the biggest crocodile ever removed from the Katherine River by the Territory's Wildlife Operation Unit, acting director Tracey Duldig said.

While large crocs are territorial, Webb suspected the trapped croc had moved to and from the area where it was caught during the past 10 years.

The crocodile was taken to a farm outside Katherine where it's likely to become the newest tourist attraction. This year, 190 have been captured.

The largest crocodile caught in a "trap" was more than 16 feet (4.8 metres), and the largest one "harpooned" by rangers was also more than 16 feet (4.8 metres), it states.

Saltwater crocodiles are a protected in Australia.

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