KOTA BARU: In a move to protect human lives and curb poaching activities, villagers living near tiger habitats in Kelantan will soon be asked to alert wildlife rangers the moment they spot paw prints.
As tigers, notably the Malayan Tiger, are protected, no efforts will be spared in preventing them from being hunted down by poachers.
State Wildlife and National Parks Department director Pazil Abdul Patah said a programme would be launched to generate awareness on the need to notify the authorities promptly about sightings of tigers or paw prints near villages.
We shall respond immediately if notified about the presence of tiger paw prints around villages as it is our role to ensure the animals return to the jungle instead of roaming in areas where they are the target of poachers, he said yesterday.
He was commenting on the detention of a 22-year-old Thai in Tumpat on suspicion of hunting down a tiger and trying to smuggle the carcass out of the country.
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