15-foot croc captured in Australia

Australian rangers trap large crocodile that had been lurking in tourist gorge for a decade

An elusive monster crocodile, thought to be one of the biggest on record, has been captured in the Northern Territory after a decade-long game of hide-and-seek. At the gorge there are freshwater crocodiles, which are smaller and rarely harm humans.

After nearly a decade on the loose, authorities have finally captured a "monster" Northern Territory crocodile.

It was snared in a trap moored in the spawling Katherine River system, about 250 miles south of Darwin.

Wildlife officer John Burke said the capture was a "bit of a thrill". "This is the biggest saltwater crocodile..." "That sort of croc, in my opinion, is the most risky to people", Webb said.

"That sort of croc, in my opinion, is the most unsafe to people", Webb said.

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"Large crocodiles can move around Top End waterways undetected and you should always be croc wise". "In areas where they're at best low densities, someone won't have seen one for a long, long time and they think they're safe and they're not necessarily safe".

"It's worrying, but it's good that they've got an active program and they've got active traps", Webb said.

The ancient beast was taken to a crocodile farm - essentially a preserve that tourists can visit - in Katherine, Northern Territory wildlife operations chief Tracey Duldig said. The crocodile that was captured on Monday will live out its life on a crocodile farm.

Since crocodiles became a protected species, crocodile numbers in the Northern Territory have exploded from 3,000 to an estimated 80,000 to 100,000.

"They were surprised because it's unusual to find a croc of his size in that area", she said.

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