KOTA KINABALU: Drastic action needs to be taken to stop the slaying of elephants in Sabah, says Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew, as there seemed to be “no end to these deaths.”
She directed the Wildlife and relevant departments to be more aggressive in conducting raids and checks to prevent the killings.
On Monday, an elephant was found dead at a river in Kinabatangan while another was snared in Tawau.
Liew, who is the state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, said the carcass of the elephant was found floating at the Kinabatangan river by a tour guide at about 6pm.
Liew said the other elephant was wounded after stepping onto a snare trap, near the Taliwas Recreation Area in Tawau that day.
“It was the same area where an elephant was found dead about a month ago,” he added.
This brings the total number of elephant deaths in Kinabatangan alone to 11 so far this year.