Jangan cari pasal buru harimau

© Provided by Harian Metro Melaka: Harimau Malaya cuma ada kurang 200 ekor dalam hutan di Semenanjung Malaysia.- Foto HASSAN OMAR am@hmetro.com.my

Melaka: Orang ramai diberi amaran supaya tidak memburu harimau yang dikesan menghuni Hutan Simpan Kekal Bukit Sedanan, Selandar di sini.

Pemantauan pegawai Jabatan Perlindungan Hidupan Liar dan Taman Negara (PERHILITAN) Melaka mendapati harimau belang dan harimau kumbang yang dikesan di hutan berkenaan tidak menimbulkan ‘kacau ganggu’ atau konflik dengan manusia.

Pengarahnya, Mohd Firrdhaus Mahmood menegaskan, kawasan itu sudah diwartakan sebagai kawasan larangan berburu kerana memiliki pelbagai hidupan liar terutama Harimau Malaya (panthera tigris) dan harimau bintang (panthera pardus).

“Habitat Hutan Simpan Bukit Sedanan perlu dipulihara dan dilindungi kerana memiliki pelbagai khazanah alam semula jadi, selain haiwan liar yang dilindungi sepenuhnya.

“PERHILITAN tidak akan berkompromi dengan sesiapa sahaja yang didapati berburu atau memasang perangkap haiwan liar sama ada di hutan itu atau kawasan lain,” katanya tadi.

Beliau mengulas dakwaan ketua komuniti orang Asli suku Temuan di Perkampungan Orang Asli Kampung Air Dusun, Tebong, Tok Batin Ahmad Salleh, 61, yang terjumpa kesan tapak kaki, dipercayai harimau belang di hutan berkenaan baru-baru ini.

Ahmad mendakwa terjumpa tapak haiwan itu ketika mencari buah kerdas dalam hutan berkenaan beberapa minggu lalu.

Sementara itu, adiknya, Selamat, 57, mendakwa terserempak dengan seekor harimau kumbang ketika masuk ke hutan berkenaan untuk mencari hasil hutan beberapa bulan lalu.

Dia mendakwa, muncul seekor harimau kumbang dalam jarak kira-kira 10 meter di hadapannya ketika dia menuruni bukit dalam hutan itu.

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