Miri woman finds protected owlets in front of shoplots, hands them over to authorities

By Emma Victoria

A WOMAN who spotted three protected owlets in front of a shop Taman Tunku in Miri, captured the birds and surrendered them to the Sarawak Forestry Corporation yesterday.

Its CEO Zolkipli Mohamad Aton, who is also the Controller of Wild Life said young owls, collared scops owl will be kept at the Piasau Nature Reserve before being released back it into the wild.

“We appreciate the woman for her role in protecting our wildlife.

“The public’s willingness to surrender the animals showed that the society is now more aware of their responsibility in conserving the existence of our wildlife,” he said in a statement.

He said wild animals are best to be left undisturbed in the wild.

He added that an owl is protected animals under the Wild Life Protection Ordinance 1998. Any person who found keeping protected species can lead to one-year imprisonment and fine RM10,000.

Members of the public with information on wildlife sighting are encouraged to call SFC hotlines in Kuching (019-8859996, 016-8565564), Sibu (019-8190140, 019-8894474), Bintulu (019-8223449, 019-8332737), or Miri (019-8224566, 019-8290994).

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