Perhilitan monitors Klang River after croc sighting


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  • Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017

KLANG: The Selangor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) is monitoring the Klang River bund to see if a recently sighted saltwater crocodile reappears.  

Department director Abd Rahim Othman said Perhilitan officers have been conducting regular checks along the river since the reptile was spotted near the Kota Bridge here recently.  

“We will see if the crocodile makes frequent appearances at certain spots in the river, and whether it poses a danger to the public.  

“It may have wandered from its natural habitat due to various reasons and was just swimming back.  

“We will keep monitoring but we have no plan to trap or capture it at the moment,” he said Tuesday.  

The sighting of the approximately 2m-long reptile was captured in a short video clip by passers-by which has since gone viral on social media.  

Abd Rahim advised the people not to try to catch the crocodile on their own should they come across it, but to contact the authorities.  

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Yasid Bidin said the council is putting up signages warning people to be beware of crocodiles at the river.  

He said the council would also monitor the river, and if more crocodile sightings are reported, it could be a new attraction for visitors to the royal town.  

“If the crocodiles appear frequently here, it means the place is a good habitat. If that happens, I say we should let them be, with all safety measures put up.  

“People can come and see and even feed the reptile from a suitable and safe spot,” he added.

 

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