By Remedios V. Lucio
There is a lack of awareness on the importance of wildlife conservation in Kuala Lumpur as compared to Sabah and Sarawak. This has become apparent over the last few years, as a slew of condominium and housing projects has left many animals bereft of their natural habitat.
According to the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Head of Communications Andrew Sebastian, the Wildlife Conservation Act prohibits, among others, the capture and harassment of protected species.
However he said there are no direct laws on moving animals into a conservation location.
" The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) laws deal with the international transfer of wildlife," he said.
A few years ago, news surfaced in the media that city folks are dealing with Macaques entering their homes and stealing food as well as other items.
There have been a lot of complaints recently from residents in the city about long-tailed Macaques loitering about residential areas.
There have also been a few instances where Boa Constrictors were recently caught in Kota Damansara at parking lots of condominiums by the Fire and Rescue Department. Imagine if these wild snakes were not caught, it may result in danger to residents living there.
Sebastian told theSun that those which are not classified as protected species are sent to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan). He also said that MNS is studying ways to tackle the problem.
Culling is not the solution
Instead of simply culling these Macaques which might be a cheaper solution in the short term, the government should consider building more conservation areas in Kuala Lumpur itself to help sustain the wildlife and at the same time solve the woes of city folk. More....