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‘Sick’ American Couple Kills World Biggest Crocodile in Tanzania

The ‘Mirror,’ a newspaper based in the United Kingdom described the hunters as a ‘sick couple’

According to the paper, the notorious hunters made global headlines in 2016 after killing a giant black bear with a spear, leaving it to die an excruciating pain.

Now the latest story claims that the two controversial American trophy hunters, Josh and Sarah Bowmar, who are convicted wildlife poachers, boast to have killed the world’s biggest crocodile in Tanzania.

“You guys won’t believe this, look at this giant beast 100 percent free ranging here in Tanzania,” Josh Bowmar said in a video clip posted on his Instagram account as he posed with bow and arrow next to a giant crocodile hanging on a tree.

“I just killed an absolute dinosaur with a bow and arrow; they don’t get bigger than this,” maintained Bowmar.

The hunter claimed that after being properly weighed and measured, the Tanzanian crocodile could likely break world records for the biggest reptile ever killed by any hunter anywhere around the globe.

Josh posted several videos and images of himself and his wife, Sarah, posing with the massive reptile.

In one of the video clips, the dead crocodile is dragged via a rope by a Land Cruiser pick-up truck before being strung on a tree to allow Josh to pose for a souvenir photo with the animal.

However, Josh did not say exactly where in Tanzania he hunted and killed the crocodile.

Crocodile trophy hunting is legal in Tanzania and in the past used to be done in the Selous Game Reserve before part of it got annexed to form the Nyerere National Park.

According to the Mirror, the couple was this year ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines after being caught embarking on dozens of illegal game-hunting excursions in Nebraska, the United States.

The Mirror, which describes the American trophy hunters as a “sick couple.”

Josh Bowmar (32) and wife Sarah (33) were ordered to pay the equivalent of nearly 350 million/- in fines, forfeits of items and restitution by a U.S judge.

“The sick couple were also sentenced to three years of probation and given 40 hours of community service,” the Mirror reported.

They were among a group of people charged with embarking on dozens of illegal game-hunting excursions via a Nebraska-based outfitter between September 2015 and November 2017.

Last October, the Bowmars pleaded guilty at a district court in Lincoln, Nebraska, to a conspiracy charge.

In exchange, four other more serious ones involving illegal baiting were dropped.

The Bowmars made global headlines in 2016 after the Mirror reported how they killed a giant black bear with a homemade spear, leaving it to die an excruciating death over a day.

Josh even fitted his seven-foot weapon with a camera to capture the beast’s agony in its final moments.

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