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Pet-eating monster croc goes from paddock to plate

The 3.63-metre crocodile had been harassing locals.

The 3.63-metre crocodile had been harassing locals. Photo: NT Police

A monster crocodile that was “stalking and lunging” at children and adults – and which reportedly snatched numerous pet dogs – has met its fate on the dinner plate.

The 3.63-metre beast had become a problem in the community of Bulla, in the Northern Territory, after moving into the Baines River.

The menace reptile was living only 250 metres from homes. It “had been stalking and lunging out of the water at children and adults”, as well as taking multiple dogs, NT Police said.

They launched an operation with rangers and with the support of traditional elders to nab the crocodile.

“The crocodile was shot to ensure that it did not continue to pose a significant risk to the community,” police said.

“The animal was later transported into Bulla, where the community prepared it for a feast in the traditional manner.”

The catch also allowed Parks and Wildlife officers to run a crocodile safety session with local children to give them an up-close look at the dangers within their waterways.

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The crocodile that had been dining on pets became dinner itself. Photo: NT Police

Commander Kylie Anderson said crocodiles posed a significant risk to community safety.

“Thanks to the seamless collaboration between Parks and Wildlife, our remote police staff and local residents we were able to safely remove the large saltie and maintain the safety of the community,” she said.

“There’s never a dull moment in remote policing.”

DEPWS director of Wildlife Operations, Kristen Hay, said: “Any body of water in the Top End may contain large and potentially dangerous crocodiles.

“That’s why we urge everyone to ‘be croc-wise’ and only swim where there are designated swimming signs.”

Topics: Animals
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