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'Crocodile sighting' sparks Bavaria lake hunt

The Local · 10 Jul 2012, 07:10

Published: 10 Jul 2012 07:10 GMT+02:00

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The team of around ten divers were sent into the waters of the Middle Klausen Lake near Regensburg on Monday morning after a 68-year-old man saw the animal in the reeds while walking his dog on Saturday evening.

Around 50 police officers, fire fighters, water authority officials and technical volunteers were at the lake at the weekend, the paper said, because the man’s report of a one-metre long crocodile was being considered credible.

On Saturday evening police officers on a rescue boat spotted the head of an animal on the surface of the water, but it disappeared into the depths before anything could be done. A police spokesman said no-one was even sure it was a crocodile, suggesting it could have been a large beaver.

By Sunday, police had decided to deploy a helicopter to help them hunt down the errant reptile – to no effect.

And although the authorities have stressed that there is no risk for the public – that crocodiles are not dangerous unless cornered – the lake remains closed.

Michael Rebele, spokesman for Regensburg police told Die Welt the animal had probably been set free by an owner.

“Our animal-lovers have everything you can imagine at home, such as highly poisonous snakes. Why not a crocodile?”

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He said he could imagine that the owner had set the animal free because it had got too big to keep at home.

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16:13 July 10, 2012 by IchBinKönig
'Police sealed off a Bavarian lake over the weekend ', 'The team of around ten divers were sent into the waters on Monday morning' and 'decided to deploy a helicopter'

'And although the authorities have stressed that there is no risk for the public'

Nice to see money well spent!
18:07 July 10, 2012 by Englishted
Maybe it is that clever escaping kangaroo trying to pass it's self of as a croc ,

a croc maybe it is one of those strange shoes floating about?
09:15 July 11, 2012 by wenddiver
Get a 5 inch salt water hook, and hang it just above the water, from a realy solid tree that over hangs th water. Buy some of that heavy cord that you use to repair heavy duty salt water fishing nets ( 500 pound test should do nicely) for the line. For bait take a dead chicken carcas and let it rot in the sun until it stinks from across th body of water. Hang a few white strips of cloth like feathers so it looks like an egrate or water bird.

When the line is pulled down pull it up slowly, without getting your fingers or hand wrapped in the lineunless you don't want them in which case they can be usd for crabs. As the Alligator breaks the surface shoot him through the brain, that part is important because you really don't want a wounded alligator on a line while standing up in a small boat with a rifle.

Skin and season with Tony Chacere'sCreole seasoning before eating. Bon Tons Roules! Invite some nighbors over and serve with Turbo Dog Beer by Abita Beer. Lock up everything fragile before serving beer. Make skin into boots for your self or a purse for your Cheri.

Any problems call Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, Louisiana and ask for an alligator hunter.
14:23 July 11, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
First of all is it a crocodile or an alligator?

Not sure about catching gators, but to catch a croc get a bag of marshmallows. Set them out on the grass. When the creature comes out of the water for his/her afternoon sun (assuming there is some sunshine), then the animal will eat the sweets for an afternoon treat.

Works in Florida at condo complexes built around lakes. Of course they don't worry about the animals until they get a bit bigger and become more of a nuisance. It's an awesome sight to be out for a stroll and see a gator having a nap outside the first floor of a condo patio.
06:43 July 14, 2012 by nightynight
ichbinkönig - clearly you don't swim in lakes then!

Crocodiles are not what one wants to think about when out in the middle of a lake.

The poor thing probably won't survive the winter anyway - some people are so irresponsible.
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