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The man charged with killing a huge crocodile in the Fitzroy River has faced court in Rockhamption charged with unlawfully taking a protected animal.
Luke Stephen Orchard, 31, was arrested after police executed two search warrants at his Etna Creek home and seized a number of firearms on December 21.
Male - Crocodile - Bullet - Wounds - Shot
The male crocodile was found with multiple bullet wounds, including one fatal shot to the head, in late September 2017.
According to 9NEWS, Mr Orchard is expected to enter a plea on February 16, when he will return to court.
Fine - Penalty - Estuarine - Crocodile
If found guilty, he could face a hefty fine of $$28,383.75 - the maximum penalty for unlawfully killing a protected estuarine crocodile.
WA Today revealed in December that several bullets were pulled from the crocodile's body during a post-mortem examination, and given to the rural Major and Organised Crime Squad to assist their investigation.
Detectives - Search - Mr - Orchard
Detectives will allege that a search of Mr Orchard's...
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