Protected animals seized
> Authorities also nab man offering bear cub for sale
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
Three of the leopard cats seized. Abdul Kadir with the bear cub which was rescued.