Sunday February 24, 2013
Trail of stench leads public to rotting carcass of crocodile
KUCHING: Members of the public followed the trail of a stench in the area, and they were surprised by what they found.
The overwhelming smell emitted from the carcass of a crocodile, which measured more than 3m.
Part of a fishing line was wound around its jaws when the discovery was made on the banks of the Santubong river in Bako near here yesterday.
The female crocodile is believed to have been dead for four, possibly five, days.
Sarawak Forestry Corporation Swift Wildlife Action Team personnel Wan Mazlan Wan Mazian said he rushed to the scene upon receiving a call from a member of the public around 2pm.
He said the reptile could have died from eating the bait on the fishing line, and he was puzzled considering no permit had been issued to hunt for crocodiles in the area.
“The permit to hunt in this area expired four months ago. After the expiry, no one is allowed to hunt and all operations must cease.”
“We regret that there are still some residents who continue to ignore this regulation,” he told reporters yesterday.