A community in Australia turned a crocodile from a threat to a treat

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A saltwater crocodile no longer poses a threat to a remote Aboriginal community in Australia after he was murdered and made into a party for the local residents.

The nearly 3.5 meter long “trouble crocodile” has been stalking and lunging at children and adults since entering the Baines River after flooding earlier this year, Northern Territory police said. said in a statement Wednesday. Several dogs were also reportedly taken.

The river is about 250 meters from homes, police said.

After consultation with elders and traditional landowners in the Bulla community, as well as Parks and Wildlife officials, the crocodile was trapped and shot on Tuesday “to ensure it did not continue to pose a significant risk to the community”, the report said. Police.

Australian Croc seized in Northern Territory (Northern Territory Police)Australian Croc seized in Northern Territory (Northern Territory Police)

Australian Croc seized in Northern Territory (Northern Territory Police)

It was then transported to Bulla, ‘where the community prepared it for a celebration in the traditional way.’

Sergeant Andrew McBride told Australian public broadcaster ABC that the crocodile “was cooked into crocodile tail soup, it was on the barbecue, a few pieces were wrapped in banana leaves and cooked underground.”

“It was quite a big traditional celebration and there were some full bellies,” he said.

McBride said crocodiles were “showing up where they’ve never been seen before” after severe flooding in the area early this year.

Saltwater crocodiles are the largest crocodile species and living reptiles in the world. An estimated 100,000 individuals live in the wild in the Northern Territory, where they have been protected from mass slaughter and hunting since 1971.

Citing the threat to human security, officials in the Northern Territory have released a 10-year prison sentence management plan This year the number of crocodiles that can be removed annually will increase from 300 to 1,200.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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