PETALING JAYA: The Department of Wildlife and National Park (Perhilitan) has urged the public to stay clear of the area in Kampung Besul, Terengganu, where two tigers have been seen roaming freely.
In a statement on Facebook on Friday (July 19), Perhilitan said it has deployed a team to the village to control and investigate the situation.
"The public is reminded not to go to the area if they have no business there.
"Villagers are also reminded to be careful and to not provoke the tigers," it added.
Perhilitan also urged the public not to release any false information about the situation.
"As a reminder, the tiger is a fully protected species under the Second Schedule of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 [Act 716]," it said, adding that any activity to keep, hunt, injure or provoke the wildlife is an offence under the Act.
On Thursday (July 18), Terengganu Perhilitan director Dr Abdul Malek Mohd Yusof told reporters the tigers' tame behaviour suggests that they may have been someone's pets.
He said the department believed that the owners set the tigers free to wander in the jungle before they got lost and entered the village.
"We also believe that the tame behaviour displayed by the tigers is probably due to an illness as they appear less energetic. However, we cannot confirm this as the tigers are still at large," Bernama reported him as saying.