Macaque captured in housing estate


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

The macaque which strayed into a neighbourhood in Kuala Baram.

MIRI: The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has taken custody of an adult pig-tailed macaque captured by the Civil Defence Unit personnel here.

The macaque was captured in a housing estate in the Kuala Baram district, about 20km north of Miri, after it strayed into the neighbourhood.

SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said the macaque was taken to the Piasau Nature Reserve for checks.

“It will be released back into the forest soon.

“A housewife called for help after finding the animal roaming in her neighbourhood.

“She was worried about the safety of the residents,” said Zolkipli.

He said those convicted of capturing or rearing wildlife can be jailed up to two years and fined RM25,000.

“The public with information on those trapping, capturing, hunting, trading, keeping or abusing wildlife can call the Sarawak Forestry Corporation hotlines,” he said.

The SFC hotlines are Kuching (019-885 9996, 013-811 0150), Sibu (019-888 3561), Bintulu (019-822 3449, 019-833 2737) and Miri (019-822 4566, 019-829 0994). — By STEPHEN THEN
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