Wildlife rangers to tackle jumbo problem in Tawau village

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 06 Jun 2020

The Borneo pygmy elephant captured by Sabah Wildlife Rescue Unit rangers at Felda Umas in Tawau. — Filepic

KOTA KINABALU: Wildlife rangers are trying to push back several Bornean pygmy elephants which have been destroying crops for nearly a week at a village in Sabah’s southwestern Kalabakan area.

“The rangers previously managed to steer the elephants from Kampung Jagung to a neighbouring forest a few days ago. I believe the elephants have come back,” said Tawau Wildlife Department officer Sailun Aris.

He said they were currently carrying out a similar operation in Felda Umas area, where villagers there also complained about elephants destroying the crops.

“Our men are in Felda Umas now. They are carrying out efforts to get the elephants back into the forest,” he said when asked about appeals by 200 villagers of Kampung Jagung for wildlife rangers to help keep the elephants at bay.

The villagers said two elephants were destroying oil palm crops in their area.

A local resident Baharun Indarsaya said he feared that some villagers might become agitated and harm the elephants.

“We are hoping that the rangers will act quickly to solve the problem,” he said, adding that they did not want a situation similar to what happened at Sungai Udin in Dumpas, Tawau where a bull elephant was shot dead by angry villagers.

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