KUCHING, 12 NOVEMBER 2020 – A 800kg crocodile that was found inside a drain behind a school in Limbang has been euthanized due to severe injury after being shot by a local citizen.
Sarawak Forestry Corporation’s (SFC) Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) Miri was dispatched to the location upon receiving a call from the Bomba and they later discovered the crocodile was shot and wounded.
The reptile has been put to sleep and buried in an undisclosed location. The samples were taken for further investigation and its bones will be collected after the fresh rots. The SFC officers, on the other hand are investigating the shooting of the crocodile.
Chief Executive Officer of SFC who is also the Controller of Wild Life, Zolkipli Mohamad Aton expresses his disappointment on the lack of consciousness by the public.
“This is a case of killing protected species. A crocodile in the drain does not amount to be killed as permitted or inferred in the Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998. They should secure it from escaping and report it to relevant authority for next action. We don’t want this to be a norm where the public can simply kill protected species and report it as endangering life”.
He again reminded people who live near rivers to be more extra careful and not taking matters into their own hands as these reptiles are dangerous.
Members of the public are encouraged to notify the nearest SFC offices of any crocodile sightings in their areas. SFC hotlines at the various regions are reachable at 019-8859996 (Kuching), 019-8883561 (Sibu), 019-8332737 (Bintulu), or 019-8290994 (Miri).