SFC carries out croc removal operation along Sarawak River following multiple sightings

A Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) staff rigging bait in hopes of catching a crocodile during Ops Buaya, stretching from March 14 to 27, 2024. Photo courtesy of SFC

KUCHING, March 20: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) is in the midst of carrying out Ops Buaya, which involves the culling of crocodiles along various stretches of the Sarawak River where sightings of the reptiles have been rampant.

Areas to be covered by Ops Buaya include riverine areas near Kampung Bintawa, Kampung Pulo, Kampung Semarang, Petanak, Padungan, Kampung Panglima Seman, Kampung Sinjan, Kampung Tupong, Kampung Ajibah Abol, Kampung Patingan and Kampung Kudei.

According to a statement of SFC, the crocodile removal operation has started on March 14 and will last until March 27, following public complaints on the sighting of crocodiles in the areas.

A total of six SFC enforcement and protection members from the Kuching Regional Office are involved in the mission of tracking and catching crocodiles to reduce the population along the affected parts of the river.

Methods such as rigging and shooting will be used throughout the operation. 

So far, no crocodiles have been detected and the operation will continue from time to time.

SFC requests villagers along the river to give full cooperation to ensure the success and safety of the operation. — DayakDaily