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A massive crocodile measuring 14.1 feet long has been captured by authorities in Cordelia, Australia after terrorizing locals for several months. The crocodile had been stalking domestic and farm animals in the area, causing concern for residents. Lawrence Perticato, a local who lives on the Herbert River, contacted the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation after feeling threatened by the croc’s behavior. The department spent over a month attempting to capture the dangerous animal.

It was determined that the crocodile was likely a saltwater crocodile, the largest species of crocodile that can grow up to 20 feet long. Saltwater crocodiles are primarily found in estuaries and rivers across the Indo-Pacific region, including locations in India, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Although they are responsible for approximately 1,000 fatalities worldwide, attacks in Australia are relatively rare, with an average of one attack per year and three deaths since 2018. Wildlife officers used various techniques to capture the crocodile, eventually trapping it on the banks of the Herbert River on Sunday.

Upon capture, the crocodile was not pleased and made noise as officers removed it from the location. Wildlife officer Ella Meeve described the animal as vocal, with plenty of growls and bellows. The crocodile will be relocated to a zoo or wildlife sanctuary for the safety of the public. In another incident, a 10-foot crocodile was trapped on the banks of the Ross River in Townsville. This crocodile, along with the one from Cordelia, will also be taken to a zoo or sanctuary. Officials warn that the removal of these crocodiles does not eliminate the risk in the areas where they were found.

The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation advises residents in crocodile-prone areas to be cautious around waterways and avoid complacency. People living near water should steer clear of the water, never feed crocodiles, and avoid leaving food or fish scraps near the water’s edge. Swimming should only be done during the day and in clear water, even in the ocean as saltwater crocodiles can be found there. Furthermore, croc traps and small watercraft like kayaks should be avoided as crocodiles have been known to attack people on small vessels. The department encourages the public to be aware of their surroundings in crocodile territory and make sensible choices to ensure their safety.

Overall, the capture of the massive crocodile in Cordelia and the ongoing efforts to manage crocodile populations in Australia serve as reminders of the potential risks that wildlife can pose to human populations. Authorities continue to work to maintain a balance between wildlife conservation and public safety in areas where crocodiles are known to frequent. Residents are urged to remain vigilant, follow safety guidelines, and report any unusual or potentially dangerous wildlife activity to local authorities.

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