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Philippine fishermen demand bounty for crocodile

Fishermen in the southern Philippines are demanding a reward for a crocodile they said they caught accidentally, but officials insisted Sunday they would not pay for the reptile. Authorities in Mlang town on the southern island of Mindanao said they were trying to convince the fishermen to hand over the 2.5-metre (eight-foot) long crocodile to them for safekeeping. "Somebody told them that the local government would give rewards but it's not true. We exerted all means to convince them but we failed," said Hernand Dapudong, the town's disaster monitoring chief.

Australia shoots down 'cruel' crocodile hunt plan

Australia on Thursday rejected a plan to let big-game hunters shoot crocodiles in the country's tropical north, saying the scheme risked encouraging "cruel and inhumane" behaviour. Under the proposal about 50 crocodile safaris a year were to be allowed in the Northern Territory, where the giant reptiles have become increasingly common since they were declared a protected species in 1971. Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the federal government had considered allowing "trophy hunts" but did not believe they were appropriate.

Australia shoots down crocodile hunt plan

Australia on Thursday rejected a plan to let big-game hunters shoot crocodiles in the country's tropical north, saying such a scheme risked encouraging "cruel" behaviour. Under the proposal about 50 crocodile safaris a year would be allowed in the Northern Territory, where the giant reptiles have become increasingly common since they were declared a protected species in 1971. Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the federal government had considered allowing "trophy hunts" but did not believe they were appropriate.

Snake eats crocodile in Australia

A huge snake has won a life and death battle against a crocodile in Australia, swallowing the animal whole after a lengthy struggle before amazed onlookers. Travis Corlis, who watched the fight at Queensland's Lake Moondarra, near the mining town of Mount Isa, on Sunday, said the snake, thought to be a python, was about 10 feet (three metres) long and "healthy looking". The crocodile, which the snake coiled itself around, was about three feet in length, he said. "They had quite the struggle in the water," he told AFP. "It was an ongoing battle.

Human remains found after Australian croc attack

Police reportedly found human remains Tuesday in the search for a 12-year-old boy snatched by a crocodile in northern Australia, and scaled back operations to a body recovery mission. Police would not go into details but acting commander Michael White said they had found "evidence within the search area which strongly indicates the boy has died from the crocodile attack." "Further DNA testing will be conducted to confirm the identification," White said.

Hunt on for croc after boy, 12, taken in Australia

Police and rangers were Monday hunting a crocodile that snatched a 12-year-old boy from a northern Australian waterhole, with shoot-to-kill orders for any creature longer than two metres and fresh calls for a cull. The boy was swimming with friends in the Mudginberri Billabong in the Northern Territory's Kakadu National Park on Sunday afternoon when the group was attacked. One other boy suffered bite wounds as he tried to fight the creature off.

Boy, 12, taken by crocodile in Australia

A 12-year-old boy was feared dead after being snatched by a saltwater crocodile while swimming in Australia's Northern Territory, police said Monday. The boy was swimming with friends in the Mudginberri Billabong in Kakadu National Park on Sunday afternoon when the group was attacked. One other boy suffered bite wounds as he tried to fight the creature off. "It is believed the 12-year-old boy was taken by a crocodile as he and a number of other young boys were swimming in the billabong," said acting police commander Michael White.

Boy, 12, taken by crocodile in Australia

A 12-year-old boy was feared dead after being snatched by a saltwater crocodile while swimming in Australia's Northern Territory, police said Monday. The boy was swimming with friends in the Mudginberri Billabong in Kakadu National Park on Sunday afternoon when the group was attacked. One other boy suffered bite wounds as he tried to fight the creature off. "It is believed the 12-year-old boy was taken by a crocodile as he and a number of other young boys were swimming in the billabong," said acting police commander Michael White.

Boy, 12, taken by crocodile in Australia

A 12-year-old boy was feared dead after being snatched by a saltwater crocodile while swimming in Australia's Northern Territory, police said Monday. The boy was swimming with friends in the Mudginberri Billabong in Kakadu National Park on Sunday afternoon when the group were attacked. One other boy suffered bite wounds as he tried to fight the creature off. "It is believed the 12-year-old boy was taken by a crocodile as he and a number of other young boys were swimming in the billabong," said acting police commander Michael White.

Aussie researchers launch global croc attack file

Australian researchers on Tuesday launched the world's first crocodile attack database, hoping to establish whether conservation of the reptiles had "come back to bite itself". CrocBITE, a new global database of human-crocodile interactions, will be managed by researchers at Australia's Charles Darwin University (CDU), aiming to explore whether protection had increased attacks.
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