“If we don’t get him this trip with me over here, the boys will keep the trap set. They’ll keep trying,” Wright said.
“We might not catch him in two days… but eventually, we should catch him.”
Wright, joined by fellow Australian crocodile wrangler Chris Wilson, is working with the local conservation agency, which has struggled for years to rescue the croc.
The animal made headlines last month after a competition was rolled out offering punters an unspecified financial reward for any brave individual who captures the four-meter (13-foot) beast.
Officials later called off the contest and said they would redouble efforts to free the croc from its rubber vice, which conservationists feared could endanger the croc’s safety.
Thousands of curious spectators who have turned up to watch may be thwarting rescue efforts, Wilson said.
“It’s very cunning and it’s very smart,” he said.
“He knows people, so he’s scared of people. When you try and get close to him, he just gets underwater.”