A Hong Kong legislator has said he might try to trap the Yuen Long crocodile after the wily beast evaded both John Lever's harpoon and a specially designed trap for a fifth night on Wednesday. Pro-government legislator David Chu Yu-lin said he was ready to take over from Mr Lever. 'I'm all prepared,' Mr Chu said. 'We have six experienced fishermen who are used to catching big sharks in the open ocean, and we have a few legislators ready to go.' But Mr Chu and his band of would-be croc-catchers face an obstacle in the form of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, which is firmly behind Mr Lever's efforts. A spokeswoman said the department had received a letter from Mr Chu signalling his intention to hunt the crocodile. The letter did not, however, constitute an application for a hunting licence, an essential document for any crocodile-removal operation and one which would be difficult to obtain. Asked why legislators would be any more qualified than Mr Lever to catch a crocodile, Mr Chu said: 'Because we work with them everyday in the legislature... The problem with the Australian guy's method is he's approaching the crocodile from the angle of it's an animal ... we will be approaching it as if it's a fish.' And Mr Chu had one more trick up his sleeve: 'If we can't catch it with the net, we can always send Emily Lau [Wai-hing] down there to interrogate the crocodile. I'm sure after that it will leave Hong Kong of its own accord.'