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ON THE HUNT:Wildlife and National Parks Department to track down beasts roaming in oil palm plantation
THE Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has set a trap to catch wild animals prowling around an oil palm plantation in Jalan Machap-Johor Baru, near here.
A state Perhilitan spokesman said it was important for the department to lay the trap after a cattle herder was believed killed by a wild animal.
Some footprints of wild animals were later found in the same plantation.
Thirty officers and staff from the state Perhilitan, state Veterinary Services department, Kluang police, and enforcement officers from the Simpang Renggam District Council were involved in the recent joint operation to lay the trap and track down the wild animals in the area.
It was earlier reported that the body of 30-year-old cattle herder Mahadi Sadri was found in a ditch at an oil palm plantation in Jalan Machap-Johor Baru.
Police found bite marks on his body but the cause of his death is still being determined.
Meanwhile, Mahadi's mother, Saniah Kahar, 67, has urged the authorities to catch the wild animals in the area, including a pack of wild dogs which are often seen roaming in the plantation.
She added that her family were scared to go out since the death of her son as they feared being attacked by wild animals.