Man surrenders pet hornbill to forestry authority

The Black Hornbill surrendered on Dec 13 last year.

ANOTHER young hornbill, which is a protected species, has been surrendered to the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).

According to SFC in its Facebook post, a man from a fishing village in Bakong, who had adopted a Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus), handed over the bird to the authority on Jan 18.

SFC said this bird and the one surrendered on Dec 13 last year by a concerned citizen in Kuching, would be released back into the wild after undergoing a health check.

Hornbills are a totally protected species under the Wild Life Protection Ordinance 1998.

The ordinance states that any person who sells mist nets for the catching of mammals or birds without a licence issued by the Controller shall be guilty of an offence and may be liable to three months imprisonment or a fine of RM1,000 if convicted.

Black Hornbills are primarily a lowland, peat swamp and tall mangrove forest species.

They can also be found inland and in hill forests. They are territorial birds.

SFC urges those with information on illegal wildlife trapping activities to call its hotlines at 019-885 9996 (Kuching), 019-888 3561 (Sibu), 019-833 2737 (Bintulu) and 019-829 0994 (Miri).

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