Huge 600kg, 4.7m long crocodile caught after decade-long hunt

Authorities in Australia have caught a saltwater crocodile measuring nearly 5 meters (16.4 ft), one of the biggest on record, to stop it from reaching a populated area, the Department of Tourism said on Tuesday.

"On record, this is the biggest saltwater crocodile removed from the Katherine management zone", he added, referring to the part of the river where saltwater crocs, a protected species, are trapped because they're too close to human populations.

"We've called it a lot of things over the years because it's been so hard to catch", John Burke, a senior wildlife officer, said.

"It is a bit of a thrill, but you've also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is".

To report a problem crocodile, phone a Parks and Wildlife Commission ranger in Darwin on 0419 822 859 or in Katherine on 0407 958 405.

A near 5-metre crocodile that was captured in Taylor's Park in the Northern Territory, Australia is seen in this undated image obtained July 10, 2018.

The lengthy game of hide-and-seek finally came to an end when the 1,322-pound predator unwittingly swam into an elaborate trap set up in the Katherine River.

A 15-foot, 1,300-pound saltwater croc was captured in Australia. Though it's record-breaking for the area, elsewhere in the wild, saltwater crocodiles can be much larger.

The 4.7-metre male saltwater croc was caught in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory on Monday afternoon.

The crocodile population has exploded since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, with the killing of an elderly woman past year reigniting calls to curb their numbers.

Vanessa Coleman