Rare short-eared owl surrendered to SFC Miri by concerned citizen

The short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) is a protected species in Sarawak and rarely seen in the wild.

KUCHING, Nov 20: An extremely rare migrant owl species with very few confirmed recorded sightings was surrendered to Sarawak Forestry Corporation’s (SFC) Miri branch by a concerned citizen today.

SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton, who is also the Controller of Wild Life, in their social media page said the short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) is a protected species in Sarawak.

“Owls are a protected species under the Wild Life Protection Ordinance 1998.

“SFC will release the owl back into the wild after it undergoes health checks,” Zolkipli said.

A concerned citizen surrendered the short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) to SFC Miri.

He expressed his gratitude to the public for helping to protect wildlife.

Members of the public with information on wildlife sightings are encouraged to call SFC’s Hotlines @ Kuching (019-8859996), Sibu (019-8883561), Bintulu (019-8332737), Miri (019-8290994). — DayakDaily