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Monstrous four-metre crocodiles chased pets and evaded capture for weeks – until now. Seeing it

A large crocodile was found stalking pets and prowling around an estate in Australia. It took conservationists weeks to capture the dangerous animal.

Cordelia property owners reported the approximately 4.5-metre-long crocodile to conservationists, the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation said in a March 26 news release.

Officials investigated and saw the crocodile “loitering on private property and stalking domestic and farm animals,” the department said. They identified it as a ‘dangerous animal’.

The 4 meter long crocodile after it was captured.  Photo from the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

The 4 meter long crocodile after it was captured. Photo from the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

First, “we tried a floating trap in the river, but due to the amount of rain and high river levels,” the trap did not work, Tony Frisby, a senior wildlife officer with the department, said in the news release.

Instead, “we had to install a trap with a fence, a trap that rests on the riverbank,” Frisby said.

After evading capture for weeks, the 14-foot-long crocodile finally fell into the trap, officials said.

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The large crocodile wrapped in mesh and caught in the trap Photo from the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and InnovationThe large crocodile wrapped in mesh and caught in the trap Photo from the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

The large crocodile wrapped in mesh and caught in the trap Photo from the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

Conservationists returned to the site and brought the reptile into a container. Photos show the process of dragging the mesh-wrapped crocodile into a cage.

A second large crocodile, measuring approximately 3 meters in length, was also captured in the nearby Townsville area.

Australian saltwater crocodiles are “the world’s largest reptile,” according to Oceana, with males growing to over 23 feet long and weighing more than 4,000 pounds.

The four-meter-long crocodile broke its jaws when it was trapped.  Photo from the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and InnovationThe four-meter-long crocodile broke its jaws when it was trapped.  Photo from the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

The four-meter-long crocodile broke its jaws when it was trapped. Photo from the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

Both crocodiles will be kept in captivity, either at crocodile farms or in zoos, the department said.

Cordelia, Queensland, is located approximately 2,200 kilometers northwest of Sydney and along the country’s northeastern coast.

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