JOHOR BARU: The movement control order (MCO) imposed since March 18 has been a blessing in disguise for wildlife in Johor.
Although there are still incidences of human-wildlife conflict, the state Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has recorded “zero” poaching activity around Kota Tinggi and Mersing.
Its director Salman Saaban said even with the MCO, the department was still conducting enforcement operations to stop poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.
“We have 16 enforcement personnel divided into two teams to conduct patrol activities in areas, such as in Panti and Endau.
“Based on our findings, since the MCO was imposed last month, our enforcement teams have found zero poaching activity, ” he said in an interview yesterday.
Salman said this might be due to the heavy presence of police as well as army at roadblocks and along routes in Johor.
The higher security presence, he added, had made it more difficult for poachers, especially foreigners, to hunt wild animals in the jungle.
“However, we are not taking things lightly and the department will continue to have patrols to protect animals, ” he said.
Salman said with fewer vehicles on the road during the MCO, fewer animals, especially the tapir, were falling victim to roadkill.
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