Gotcha! Rangers use boat, net and tape to capture crocodile

2008-09-25 00:00

THE crocodile in the farm dam at Tala Valley was captured on Wednesday night.

Careful planning and strategy helped Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) rangers to outsmart the elusive young crocodile and overpower it. They approached the dam when it was getting dark, armed with nets, a rope and duct tape.

Having learnt from the previous attempt that they could not hope to get close to the reptile, the rangers cast a large net into the dam from a small boat.

Farmer Carl Griffiths, who witnessed the capture, said the rangers used the boat to pull the net around the crocodile. “They slowly hauled the net in until they could lasso it at close range. Then they had to tie its jaws closed before bringing it to the bakkie to immobilise it properly with duct tape.”

Griffiths said that even though the crocodile is quite small, its bite could cause severe injury.

The rangers used duct tape around the crocodile’s mouth and on its front and hind legs to keep it from running away.

Residents at the farm can breathe a sigh of relief for now, but Griffiths said they cannot rule out the possibility of another crocodile wandering in the area. “We will continue to monitor the area for any others.”

The crocodile is expected to be released into the St Lucia lake.

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