Jammu, August 29: The Wildlife protection department with the assistance of police today caught a fully grown crocodile from the Koota village in Ghagwal.
Amit Sharma, the Warden of Wildlife Protection Department, Jammu while speaking to U4UVoice said, “SHO Hiranagar, Amit Sangra had called the department officials at 6 am today morning to inform about the citing of a crocodile. The Wildlife department team, along with members from Police Station Hiranagar and Ghagwal reached the spot and laid a trap to catch the crocodile without harming the creature.”
Sharma further informed that the crocodile had been sighted 15 days ago as well but managed to escape in the night and had not been sighted after that.
The crocodile is 6 feet 4 inches in length and appears to be a fully grown croc.
Crocodiles are not distributed in the states of Jammu and Kashmir or the adjoining Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. When Sharma was asked about the misplaced presence of the Crocodile in Ghagwal, he answered, “The department is trying to ascertain the same and as and when a conclusion is arrived at, we will provide the information in the public domain.”
When asked if it maybe the handiwork of some trouble-mongers, Sharma said, “At this time it would be wrong to blame anyone for the act as we do not know how a crocodile entered this region.”