KOTA KINABALU: Police have arrested a 20-year-old local man to help in their investigations into the suspected killing of a bull Bornean pygmy elephant at a plantation in Sabah’s east coast Beluran district.
Beluran district police chief Supt Kasim Muda confirmed Monday (Oct 21) that police and Sabah Wildlife Department rangers picked up the plantation guard at about 11.30pm on Sunday (Oct 20).
The rangers are also recording the statement of the estate manager and have seized the estate’s entry logbook to screen the people who had entered the area.
The arrest came after the discovery of the dead elephant by a worker at one of the plantations at Ladang Bimbingan 2 in Beluran, on Saturday (Oct19).
The bull elephant, which had its tusks taken away, was believed to have been killed about three to five days before its body was found.
This is the second such case in a month. The previous case involved the merciless shooting of an elephant at Sungai Udin in Tawau’s Kalabakan area, sometime on Sept 25.
Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said the latest death was discovered when plantation workers went to investigate a foul smell in the area.
He said a post mortem, on Sunday, confirmed the animal was shot dead and its tusks removed by suspected poachers.
Tuuga said that they were working with the police in their investigations.
In the Tawau case, six people – five locals and one foreigner- including a Felda guard and settler were arrested.
Investigations are underway and the suspects are expected to face separate charges under the Firearms Act as well as under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment.