Monster 12ft crocodile shot dead after terrorising surfers and fishermen

A monster crocodile measuring a whopping 12ft in length has been shot dead after terrorising surfers and fishermen.

The massive reptile was spotted lurking in and around a creek near Mackay, Queensland, Australia, on February 9, with some locals scrambling to get away, while others hurled rocks at the animal.

Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) senior wildlife officer Jane Burns told ABC: “He said the crocodile had approached him while he was out surfing and there were a number of people there.

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“Some people ended up getting out onto the beach and then others managed to get out up close to the rocks, which was their closest."

After spending some time at the creek and the beach, the creature then headed towards a local marina.

Authorities then began a search for the croc, which was then spotted by a fisherman in Reliance Creek, north of Mackay.

Ms Burns said the angler felt uncomfortable and threw rocks at the animal to scare it away.

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She stated that the preference in these cases is to remove the potentially threatening animals and rehome them in zoos or farms.

In this case however, the crocodile was deemed an "unacceptable danger to the community" and the decision was made to put it down, due to its size, the area it was in and its behaviour.

She explained: “It was deemed to have dangerous behaviour in what it did days before and we observed that as well out on the water.”


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