09 Apr WARNING OVER CROCODILE SIGHTINGS IN MIRI REGION, BE ‘CROCWISE’
MIRI, 9 APRIL 2017- Residents of Kampung Rancah Rancah, Sibuti could now heave a sigh of relief as the Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) of SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) has been able to remove a second crocodile from the waters of Sibuti yesterday evening. The male croc which measured at 12 feet has been described by SFC’s SWAT as the largest croc captured in the Miri division this year.
“The head of the said kampung had earlier in January 2017 lodged a report of crocodile attacks on the villagers’ poultry but it took our SWAT a second operation commencing 27 February before we were able to snare this adult croc,” said a statement issued by SFC today.
“With this successful catch, the operation at the said location would be called off today. In a separate operation, our SWAT had also successfully removed a 5 feet female croc at Bungai which is also within the Sibuti waters on 30 March 2017. The croc was then transferred to Benaya Crocodile Farm,” the statement added.
The SFC statement went on to advise the public to be “crocwise” when using the river. SFC also urged the public to report sightings of rogue and nuisance crocodiles to the nearest Forest Department or SFC office.