The Jakarta Post
Villagers in Riau caught a saltwater crocodile that they wanted removed from the area, but the reptile died before Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) officials reached the scene.
The villagers of Marambai in Temiang, Bengkalis regency, caught the 4.2-meter long crocodile weighing approximately 400 kilograms on Sunday afternoon, after it had appeared and had been lingering near a port in the village for three days, giving locals the jitters.
“The villagers were restless, thinking the crocodile might maul them while leaving for work on the farm or while going about their activities near the river,” Temiang village official Sukadi said on Monday.
The villagers gathered to lure the crocodile out from the river using live chicken.
“They did it,” he said.
After catching the crocodile, the villagers tied it up near the river and showcased it to the other villagers. They reached out to the agency so the crocodile would be removed from the village and transferred somewhere safe.
BKSDA spokesperson Dian Indriati said local rangers had descended on the village on Monday, only to find out that the crocodile had died.
“There was a deep wound just above the crocodile’s brain, which emitted a foul smell,” she said, refusing to speculate on the cause of the death. (swd)