DAVAO, Philippines- Fishermen in the southern Philippines are demanding a reward for a crocodile they said they caught accidentally, but officials insisted Sunday they would not pay for the reptile. Authorities in Mlang town on the southern island of Mindanao said they were trying to convince the fishermen to hand over the 2.5-metre (eight-foot) long crocodile to them for safekeeping. “Somebody told them that the local government would give rewards but it’s not true. We exerted all means to convince them but we failed,” said Hernand Dapudong, the town’s disaster monitoring chief.

The fishermen said they had accidentally netted the crocodile in Mindanao’s sprawling Liguasan marsh on Saturday. They then brought the creature, tied up with rope, into nearby Mlang on a motorboat.