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Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge

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CANBERRA, Australia -

Wildlife rangers say they have trapped a 4.7-meter (15-foot) saltwater crocodile, the largest they have ever caught in the northern Australian Katherine River and in an upstream region popular with tourists that is thought relatively safe from the killer predators.
  
Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife said in a statement on Tuesday it had trapped the 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) reptile on Monday only 30 kilometers (19 miles) downstream from Katherine Gorge, a major tourist attraction outside the Northern Territory town of Katherine.
  
Ranger John Burke said authorities had been hunting the crocodile in the area for a decade.
  
Northern Territory-based crocodile expert Grahame Webb said saltwater crocs were heading further upstream into fresh water rivers as their population has boomed since they were protected by federal law in 1971.

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