Poachers Caught With Bushmeat Carcasses At Luasong Roadblock

A deer and two wild boars were killed by three poachers, but they were caught early Sunday morning as they thought they could avoid enforcement personnel. – Photo credits Sabah Wildlife

KOTA KINABALU – The carcasses of a deer and two wild boars in their Hilux pick-up truck was the undoing of three local men who were hoping to celebrate with the illegal bushmeat.

But a special road-block operation at 5.30am conducted by the Tawau Anti-Poaching Task Force at Jalan Luasong near the Benta Wawasan palm plantation in Tawau saw their evil deeds end.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga, said in a statement that the men failed to produce hunting permit licence from the department.

“The men were travelling in a Toyota Hilux car and the carcasses were kept in the storage compartment behind the vehicle.

“The team also discovered firearms and eight live bullets,” he said adding the firearms and bullets have been handed over to the police.

Augustine said the animal carcasses and vehicle were handed over to the department for further action.

They will be investigated under Section 41(2) of the Wildlife Protection Enactment 1997 which carries a fine of not less than RM30,000 but not more than RM50,000 or a jail sentence of up to six months or both.