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Golfer bitten on leg by crocodile on 11th hole while playing at Australian tourist resort

A golfer has been bitten on the leg by a crocodile while playing at an Australian tourist resort.

Police Senior Sergeant James Coate told Australian Broadcasting Corp. the man, aged in his 70s, received two puncture holes to his left calf. He was bitten by a 1.2 meter (4 foot) saltwater crocodile on Monday at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course at the tourist town of Port Douglas on Queensland state’s Great Barrier Reef.

Coate says the man, whose name has not been released, was taken to the Mossman Hospital in stable condition.

Coate says the croc had been lurking in a waterway on the 11th hole.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection will attempt to catch the crocodile, which is a protected species.

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