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Malayan tiger killed on highway to be preserved — Perhilitan

IPOH, Dec 15 — The preservation process is being carried out on the carcass of a Malayan tiger that was killed after being hit by a trailer on the North-South Expressway (PLUS) near the Gua Tempurung rest and service area, Gopeng on November 9.

Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) director Yusoff Shariff said the process is being carried out at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai and would take about five months to complete.

“We are taking steps to preserve the carcass for various purposes, including exhibition for the general public.

“This process takes some time because it needs to be done carefully to ensure that the preserved specimen remains beautiful and undamaged for a long period,” he said when contacted by Bernama here yesterday.

Apart from that, Yusoff said the department is still conducting investigations to track down the individuals who plucked the whiskers of the dead tiger.

“This (investigation) is still actively being carried out with a special Perhilitan unit in Kuala Lumpur to identify the perpetrators who pulled out the tiger’s whiskers and the person recording the video,” he said.

In another development, he denied the claims of the presence of a Malayan tiger in the palm oil plantation near Taman Dovenby Phase 2, Sungai Siput.

Instead, he said it was a wild boar, based on the identification of footprints done by the department.

He said although no traps have been installed, monitoring will continue to prevent any untoward incident.

“Regular monitoring is being carried out as the forest area near the palm oil plantation is a route to Gunung Korbu Forest Reserve which is the habitat of the Malayan tigers,” he said.

He also advised the surrounding community to remain vigilant and avoid using the path in the oil palm plantation for safety purposes.

— Bernama

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