Three hunters landed in deep trouble when a Facebook posting of one of them posing with a dead Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) went viral recently.
They are facing possible imprisonment of up to 5 years and fine of up to RM50,000 under the Wildlife Protection Ordinance, 1998 if convicted.
Sarawak Forestry Department in a statement said they caught the hunters in Kapit on Dec. 8.
All three men had since admitted to involvement in the hunting incident that led to the killing of the clouded leopard, a ‘Totally Protected’ animal in Sarawak.
“One of the hunters, man in his 30s, had admitted to the killing of the animal.The case has been handed over to the Forest Department for further investigation,” said the SFC.