Malaysia: Clouded leopard killed by wire snare found near Gerik

Beatrice Nita Jay New Straits Times 26 Jan 18;

KUALA LUMPUR: A clouded leopard was found dead at Kampung Sarok, Gerik, yesterday, believed to have been caught in a wire snare laid out by poachers.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the animal carcass was found with wire meshes still entangled on one of its hind legs.

“The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has already conducted inspection to find and also destroy all snares in the area.

"The carcass has also been taken to Gerik Perhilitan office for further action,” he said, pointing out that the method of using wire snares were common among poachers.

“The use of snares is cruel and inhumane. This can cause a drastic drop of wildlife in the country.

“Snares are very dangerous and cruel as it could bring serious injuries or even death to the animals. It also pose a risk to humans who happen to be passing by the area,” said Wan Junaidi in a statement today.

He said the use of snares was a criminal act, under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) and if found guilty one is liable to a fine of not less than RM50,000 and not more than RM100,000 or a maximum of two years imprisonment.

Wan Junaidi said it was timely for the ministry to introduce 2018 as a year to fight against snares (Tahun Perangi Jerat) to focus on enforcement operations and eradication of all snares in all conservation areas and wildlife habitats.

He said the ministry has many programmes planned for the people to raise their awareness on the danger of snare usage.

He called on agencies, non-governmental organisations and the people to continue their support on efforts in ensuring that wildlife were protected against the irresponsible people.

He also hoped that the public would continue to help by becoming Perhilitan’s "eyes and ears."

Any information on wildlife could be done through Perhilitan’s hotline at 1800-88-5151 (Monday to Sunday, 8am-6pm) or e-complains via