Pro­tected an­i­mals seized

> Au­thor­i­ties also nab man of­fer­ing bear cub for sale

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY SONG BOON MUN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Wildlife and Na­tional Parks Depart­ment seized seven leop­ard cats and a bear cub in two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents last Fri­day and Satur­day.

Depart­ment di­rec­tor­gen­eral Ab­dul Kadir Abu Hashim said in the first in­ci­dent, they also ar­rested a man at about 2.30am for pos­sess­ing the bear in front of a ho­tel in Kuala Lipis, Pa­hang.

The raid, co­de­named “Ops Tar­ing IV”, was con­ducted by a team of of­fi­cers from the head­quar­ters here and in Pa­hang.

“The sus­pect was ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of the bear cub without a per­mit,” he told a press con­fer­ence at the depart­ment’s head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

“He also tried to sell the cub on Face­book,” said Ab­dul Kadir, adding that the case was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 69 (1) of the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Act 2010 for hunt­ing pro­tected wildlife without a per­mit.

In the sec­ond case, the of­fi­cers seized seven leop­ard cats from a premises in Am­pang on Oct 21.

Ab­dul Kadir said checks found that no per­mit had been is­sued for five of the cats.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 46 and Sec­tion 68 (1) of the same Act for own­er­ship of pro­tected wildlife.

He added that those with in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to crimes against wildlife may call the depart­ment’s hot­line at 1-80088-5151 or its care­line at 1-30080-1010 or make an on­line com­plaint at www.wildlife.gov. my

ASHRAF SHAMSUL/ THE SUN

Three of the leop­ard cats seized. Ab­dul Kadir with the bear cub which was res­cued.

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