08 Apr SWAT TEAM CAPTURES 6.5-FOOT CROC AT KUCHING WATERFRONT
KUCHING, 3 APRIL 2019 – Acting on complaints from the public, a 6.5-foot male crocodile that has been seen lurking in Sarawak River near Masjid India’s new floating mosque has been caught by SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation’s (SFC) Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) this morning
“In this operation scheduled for 5 days (April 1 to 5), we have managed to catch one crocodile measuring at 2 metre in length after 3 days of operation. It has since been transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre,” said a statement issued by SFC today.
CEO of SFCSB Haji Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said the operation was carried out as Kuching Waterfront is one of the Crocodile Removal Zones, thus should be free of the reptiles in ensuring the safety of the public.
The team caught a break when one of the 7 baited hooks and lines finally snared the crocodile.
Members of the public are reminded to notify the nearest SFC offices of crocodile sightings in their areas and not take matters into their own hands as these reptiles are dangerous. SFC hotlines are reachable at 019-8859996/016-8565564 (Kuching), 019-8190140/019-8894474(Sibu), 019-8223449/019-8332737 (Bintulu) and 019-8224566/019-8290994 (Miri).