Woman in stable condition after Australian crocodile attack

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Posted: Jan 13, 2016 5:52 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A woman was in stable condition at a hospital after she was attacked by a crocodile Wednesday on Australia's northwest coast, officials said.

The woman, in her 70s, was attacked in a creek near the town of Wyndham in Western Australia state, a Department of Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity, citing departmental policy.

Wildlife rangers were headed to Wyndham to destroy the estuarine crocodile, the spokeswoman said.

The woman's condition was stabilized at Wyndham Distract Hospital and she was to be flown east to the larger Royal Darwin Hospital for further treatment, said Western Australia Country Health Service spokesman Peter Cogan.

Cogan provided no details of her injuries, but said her condition remained stable.

Crocodile numbers have boomed across Australia's northern tropics since they became a protected species under federal law in 1971, and they are an increasing threat to humans.