KOTA TINGGI: A male tapir that was found dead is believed to have been hit by a heavy vehicle in Jalan Sedili-Tenggaroh here, the second such incident in the state within two weeks.
Johor Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) director Salman Saaban said the tapir, estimated to weigh about 250kg, could have been killed at night or early in the morning.
He said this year alone, seven tapirs had been discovered dead after being struck by vehicles in Johor.
In the latest incident, his department was informed of the roadkill by the public at about 10.40am on Tuesday, he said.
“The animal is believed to have died after being hit by a heavy vehicle as no fragments of a vehicle were found at the scene, ” he said in a statement.
He added that morphological measurement of the carcass was taken before it was buried nearby.
Salman noted that this was the second incident reported in Johor in less than two weeks.
The first incident took place on March 27 where a female tapir, weighing about 300kg, was found dead near Institut Latihan Perindustrian Mersing in Jalan Mersing-Jemaluang, he said.
“There were also no fragments of a vehicle found at the scene, ” he added.
Salman reminded road users to stay alert and to be careful, especially when travelling near forest or wildlife habitat areas.
“Signboards have also been placed at these areas to prevent such incidents from occurring again, ” he added.