Published on : Thursday, February 23, 2017
Rangers in the Northern Territory (NT) pulled the 3.7-metre crocodile out of a baited trap in a gorge, in the Nitmiluk National Park (NNP), only 30 kilometres from Katherine, one of the territory’s most popular tourist attractions.
“He’s big enough to cause problems,” Andrew McPhee, acting district ranger for the NNP told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
It was the sixth saltwater crocodile caught in the first gorge of the 13-gorge system, since 2009, and was in the average size range.
The NT has experienced a substantial wet season, which has caused river levels to rise, creating perfect conditions for the lethal predators, to navigate their way into waterways.
Despite being closed during the wet season, some tourists still manage to enter the gorge system, to canoe or swim.