Crocodile in Balapitiya seas captured

A crocodile that posed a great threat to the lives of residents in Balapitiya and Ambalangoda for over a month was captured by fisher-folk and guest house owners on Tuesday morning.

The crocodile had gone to the sea from the Maadampa River on last December from the Hirewatta estuary. It has captured several stray dogs last month, residents said.

A foreigner escaped narrowly from it while he was sea bathing. A swimming competition scheduled to be held in the sea waters near Ambalangoda on January 18 was cancelled in fear of the crocodile, they said.

The residents in Ambalangoda and Balapitiya had informed about the crocodile to the Wildlife Office in Hikkadwa, but they have not taken any action. Therefore, bay watch officers and residents had captured it with a fishing net.

Ahungalla Police had handed over the crocodile to the Hikkaduwa Wildlife Office.

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