SWAT captures 6.5-foot croc at Kuching Waterfront

SWAT members hauling a crocodile at Kuching Waterfront.

KUCHING, April 4: Sarawak Forestry Corporation’s (SFC) Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) captured a 6.5-foot male crocodile that has been lurking in Sarawak River near the Indian Mosque here yesterday.

SFC, in a media release, said the operation was initiated following public complaints.

SFC chief executive officer (CEO) Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said the operation was scheduled for five days (April 1 to 5), and the team managed to catch one crocodile after three days of operation.

The crocodile has since been transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre.

“The operation was carried out as Kuching Waterfront is one of the Crocodile Removal Zones. It should be free of the reptiles in ensuring the safety of the public,” he explained.

The team caught a break when one of seven baited hooks and lines finally snared the crocodile.

Members of the public are reminded to notify the nearest SFC offices of crocodile sightings in their areas and not take matters into their own hands as these reptiles are dangerous.

SFC hotlines are reachable at 019-8859996/016-8565564 (Kuching), 019-8190140/019-8894474(Sibu), 019-8223449/019-8332737 (Bintulu) and 019-8224566/019-8290994 (Miri). — DayakDaily