Large crocodile caught in Belawai

A member of the SWAT team hauling the crocodile into a boat at Sungai Tasa, Batang Paloh in Belawai.

KUCHING: A 2.72m female crocodile was caught during Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) culling operation in Belawai.

The corporation’s Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) eight-day operation, which ended on Wednesday, was carried out at Sungai Tasa, Batang Paloh.

SFC deployed its team from Sibu to the said location on April 5. The operation covered a 5km stretch along the Tasa River, in which, 13 baited hook-and-lines were set up to lure rogue and nuisance crocodiles.

Apart from one crocodile that was caught, one of the hooks was hauled ashore about 100m from the site of the last attack at the area, SFC said in a statement.

“SFC’s crocodile culling services are in such demand that its Swift Wildlife Action Team is hardly getting any rest.

“A few teams have also been dispatched to three separate locations in Bintulu and Miri this week to set up traps to snare crocodiles that have been seen lurking at several locations,” it said.

SFC will continue to step up its crocodile culling and removal operations, while monitoring high-risk rivers to address the prevailing human-crocodile conflicts in the state and allay the fear of the people.

The corporation also called on the public to immediately report any sightings of crocodiles to the nearest SFC office or Sarawak Forestry Department.

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