BUNAWAN, Agusan del Sur - Villagers living within the 14,835.989 hectares of the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary saw another crocodile believed bigger than ''Lolong,'' the Guinness World record holder for the largest crocodile in captivity.
The Agusan Marsh villagers said they have been seeing the huge crocodile for the past three months now, particularly in Barangay Nueva Era, in Bunawan town, this province.
Responding to the reports, officials and villagers of Barangay Nueva Era have appealed to the government of Bunawan to find ways to immediately capture the large crocodile since this poses a major threat to their lives, particularly those of fishermen who only earn a living through fishing within the marsh.
However, officials of the region's Protected Wildlife Resources Division led by Regional Technical Director Mario Eludo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) warned officials and villagers in the area to refrain from capturing the alleged new found crocodile as this would violate an existing law.
As this developed, the barangay council of Nueva Era passed a series of resolutions to fast-track the hunt for another crocodile which they claimed was much bigger and longer than ''Lolong.''
Residents earlier told barangay officials led by Nueva Era Chairman Teofanies Adlawan that they saw the large crocodile already attacking their farm animals, including a carabao along the Magsagangsang Creek here where ''Lolong'' was also caught last year.
The large crocodile even chased the carabao, they claimed.
They also claimed that they saw the huge crocodile in the company of smaller ones floating like tree trunks at Magsagangsang creek.
They again saw the large crocodile bump a huge tree trunk floating at the buffer zone of the Agusan Marsh which is near Barangay Nueva Era.