Leopard cat among dead wildlife found in aftermath of peat fire in Kuala Baram

A SFC staff identifying the dead animal.

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MIRI, Sept 3: The forest and peat soil fires in Kuala Baram over the past few weeks have badly affected the flora and fauna in the area, where many animals were believed to have perished.

This morning, during an an operation to clear the areas around Miri ILP (Industrial Training Institute) and Hamidah Orphanage of smog, a juvenile leopard cat was found dead by firefighters and Naim Cendera Sdn Bhd Emergency Rescue Team.

Firefighters and volunteers dousing peat soil fire.

According to Miri Fire and Rescue (Bomba) chief Law Poh Kiong, the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) was immediately notified following the discovery the dead baby leopard cat.

“SFC has identified the species as a leopard cat. It was a pity so see so much flora and fauna destroyed in the past few weeks due to fire,” he said in a statement.

He added that the ban on open burning is still effective until October. — DayakDaily