Malaysia: Crocs spotted in Senadin housing drain

The Crocodile that was found dead in the net.

By Jenifer Laeng, 6th January 2018;

Several residents in Senadin Phase 3, jittery after they spotted a few Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) in the big drain at the back of their houses recently, are hoping that authorities could do something before anything untoward happens.

According to one of the house owners, she had been living here for years and the sight of the reptiles, believed to be the young ones, had becoming more frequent lately.

“In fact, one was found in the net by my brother-in-law on Thursday. He initially thought that it was not Crocodile, but when we had a close look at it, we knew it was a Crocodile,” she said when contacted today.

The woman, who requested anonymity, said her brother-in-law was surprised when he went to check on his fishing net on Thursday and found the reptile in it.

“The reptile measuring at about two feet in length was however dead when it was found so he got rid of it,” she said.

She added that the drain behind their house was quite big, and she believed there are more of the reptiles in the area.

“There has been no cases of croc attack here in the past, so we are hopeful that the authorities can do something about it to avoid any untoward incident,” she said.

Source: The Borneo Post

Photos: Info Kemalangan & Bencana Malaysia Facebook

Malaysia: Crocodile opened up to search for remains of missing man
14th December 2017;

A Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was captured yesterday after a man went missing at Sungai Sebemban in Serian since Dec 5, believed to have been attacked by the reptile.

According to a Civil Defence spokesperson, the Crocodile was brought to shore after it was trapped to be opened up but no human body parts were found inside its stomach.

The missing man is believed to have been attacked by a Crocodile following the discovery of footprints of the reptile near the victim’s fishing gear.

Ariff Bagoh, 42, was reported missing by his family members after failing to return home from fishing on the day of the incident. The search and rescue (SAR) operation entered its sixth day yesterday.

Source: The Borneo Post

Local villagers help to haul the 3.3 metre male Croc up the bank of Sg Rimbas in Pusa.
Photo: Sarawak Voice

Malaysia: SFC: Two male Crocs put down in Pusa culling operation
25th October 2017;

Two male Estuarine Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) were culled from the waters of Sungai Rimbas, Pusa by Sarawak Forestry Corporation’s (SFC) Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) over the past few days.

In a press statement issued yesterday, SFC disclosed that SWAT members installed 13 baited hooks along a 5-kilometre stretch of Sungai Rimbas on Oct 17.

“The very next day, a big 4.8-metre Croc was hooked and culled. More recently, another two Crocodiles had been caught,” the statement said, adding the latter two reptiles measured 3.3 metres and 2.8 metres in length respectively.

The decision to cull the two male reptiles was made due to the relatively high density of Crocodiles prevailing in that area.

Given the successful culling exercise, operations at Sungai Rimbas were called off on Sunday,“ it added.

SFC also expressed the corporation’s gratitude to all parties involved, particularly the police and local villagers for assistance rendered during the culling operation.

Members of the public are reminded to notify the nearest Forest Department or SFC offices of Crocodile sightings in their areas, and to not take matters into their own hands owing to the extremely dangerous nature of the reptiles.

Source: The Borneo Post

The 4.8 metre Crocodile culled at Sungai Rimbas in Pusa.
Photos: Kami Boikot Buletin Utama TV3 Facebook and Saharudin Rahman Facebook

Malaysia: Human remains in culled Crocodile confirmed as Bentayan’s
20th October 2017;

Police have confirmed that human remains found inside an Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) culled by Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) on Wednesday was that of Bentayan Ilah from Kampung Tambak.

This was disclosed by SFC who noted that Bentayan’s remains have since been handed to his family for burial yesterday.

The corporation said the Crocodile was culled during an operation at Sungai Rimbas in Pusa on Wednesday.

“SFC’s Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) comprising personnel from Kuching and Sibu was dispatched to the location to hunt down the Crocodile which recently attacked and killed Bentayan.

"The team installed 13 baited hooks along a five kilometre stretch of Sungai Rimbas and managed to take down the 4.8 metre Crocodile yesterday (Wednesday) evening,” said an SFC spokesperson in a statement yesterday.

He added that a post mortem was carried out yesterday morning in the presence of police officers and the victim’s family.

“Some body parts were found inside the Crocodile’s abdomen and they were sent to the police for forensic DNA analysis.”

On Sept 24, Bentayan was attacked by the Crocodile during a fishing trip with his cousin along the riverbank around 3.30pm.

A search and rescue (SAR) operation to locate the 31-year-old was carried out and after three days, the SAR team found body parts which were later identified and confirmed by family members as from the victim.

Meanwhile, in two separate cases, the SWAT teams dispatched to Sungai Kawi in Bintangor and an oil palm estate at Suai in Miri also managed to cull two Crocodiles measuring at 3.87m and 3.9m respectively.

In both locations, there have been reports of human-Crocodile conflicts.

Members of the public are reminded to notify the nearest SFC or Sarawak Forest Department offices of any Crocodile sightings in their areas and not take matters into their own hands as these reptiles are dangerous.

Source: The Borneo Post

Photos: Kami Boikot Buletin Utama TV3 Facebook, Saharudin Rahman Facebook, and Sarawak Voice

Malaysia: SFC captures killer croc in Pusa, finds human remains
By Adib Povera, 19th October 2017;

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has captured and killed a five-metre long Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) that is believed to have devoured a villager in Pusa, near Sibu.

Following the disappearance of Bentayan Ilah, SFC on Wednesday evening deployed its Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) to Sungai Rimbas in Pusa to capture the animal.

“The team, comprising officers from Kuching and Sibu, installed 13 baited hooks along the five-kilometre stretch of the river to lure the Crocodile.

"It was only recently (Tuesday evening) that our team managed to take down the 4.8-metre long Crocodile,” said SFC in a statement today.

It added that a post-mortem was conducted on the reptile in the presence of policemen and members of the victim’s family this morning.

“We found body parts in the crocodile’s abdomen. The body parts have been handed over the police for forensic DNA analysis.”

It was reported that Bentayan, together with a friend, had gone fishing at Sungai Rimbas last month.

During the incident on Sept 24, the victim, from Kampung Tambak, was believed to have been attacked and dragged into the river by the Crocodile.

In two other separate cases, SFC said its SWAT unit culled two Crocodiles measuring 3.8 and 3.9 metres, respectively. The crocs were captured at Sungai Kawi in Bintangor and Suai in Miri, respectively.

Source: New Straits Times

Photo: Sarawak Forestry Corporation

Malaysia: 2.5 metre long male Sarawak River Crocodile meets its end
17th July 2017;

The Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) yesterday put an end to a 2.5-metre long male Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) from the Sarawak River here, under its crocodile culling and removal programme.

SFC in a statement here yesterday said the SWAT operation in the major waterway that began last Tuesday, ended yesterday with the catch.

“The operation covered a three-kilometre stretch, with seven separate sets of ‘hook-and-line’ installed. The Crocodile snared at the Sarawak River Barrage at 6am this morning is estimated to weigh 70kgs and it was hauled ashore at 11am,” it said.

The Sarawak River is listed as a location of one of the 19 Crocodile Removal Zones (CRZ), whereby the presence of Crocodiles in these areas pose serious human-crocodile conflicts.

Source: The Borneo Post

Wild Crocodile dies from injuries after accident along Kranji Way

6th July 2017;

A wild Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) has died from its injuries after being involved in an accident along Kranji Way on Wednesday (July 5) evening.

The reptile, said to be 1.5m long, was hit by a car at around 10pm near the Kranji Dam, Shin Min Daily News reported.

Its right hind leg was reportedly injured.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, an Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) spokesman said the Crocodile died on Thursday morning.

AVA is aware of the Crocodile incident, and understands that it was a wild crocodile,“ the spokesman added.

"AVA advises the public not to approach, disturb, feed or try to catch any wildlife, including Crocodiles. Members of the public can contact AVA at 1800-476-1600 to provide feedback.”

According to Shin Min, a member of the public alerted the police after coming across the injured Crocodile.

Police officers arrived on scene and cordoned off the area. It is not known how the Crocodile ended up on the road.

A staff member from a nearby Crocodile farm offered to tend to the reptile. With the help of a few colleagues, they took it back to the farm for treatment.

Wildlife rescue group Acres told The Straits Times it was alerted to the incident, but did not respond to it as it was told the situation was under control.

Acres’ deputy chief executive, Mr Kalai Vanan Balakrishnan, said it is rare for wild Crocodiles to encroach onto urban areas as they are usually very shy.

There have been Crocodile sightings in the Kranji Way area, however, because of its proximity to Sungei Buloh nature reserve.

In November last year, a 2.5m-long Estuarine Crocodile wandered into a Lim Chu Kang fish and had to be rescued after being found wedged between a fence, some wood and machinery.

It did not suffer any injuries and was released into Sungei Buloh nature reserve.

Source: The Straits Times

Wild Crocodile dies from injuries after accident along Kranji Way

The five-metre Crocodile and a small one believed to be her baby after they were shot on Sunday night.
Photos: IRKIM CREW Facebook & Abdullah Al Fattah Facebook

Malaysia: Villagers shoot, kill five-metre Croc and her baby
6th December 2016;

Residents of Kampung Pejuang Kelulit, Sibuti shot and killed an Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) measuring five metres on Sunday night.

The villagers believed the crocodile was female and that a small crocodile they shot together with it could have been its offspring.

The reptiles were shot twice in the head at around 9.30pm after they (the villagers) spotted them at the surface.

According to one of the villagers, Murshid Kabul, 64, who was in the hunting party, they had been staking out the Crocodiles for over a month.

“We had spotted several of the reptiles emerged in the river nearby the village for the past few months, which created fear amongst us as our houses were nearby the river,” said Murshid.

He added, they shot Crocodiles when they surfaced about a few metres from them.

No Crocodile attacks have been reported within the village so far.

The village is located at about 50km from Miri.

Source: The Borneo Post

Photo: INFO Sarawak Facebook

Malaysia: Suspected 2.8 metre killer Crocodile culled in Sg Oya
22nd November 2016;

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) snared a 2.8-metre-long adult Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) from the waters of Sungai Oya near Mukah yesterday.

SFC in a statement yesterday said SWAT members from SFC headquarters assisted by Sibu Regional Office personnel were dispatched to Kampung Bakong, Oya earlier last week to hunt down the Crocodile which attacked and killed Sili Ismail@Esmail, 60, on Nov 11.

“The team commenced culling operations on Nov 18, 13 baited hooks were placed at locations along the river where Sili was attacked. A male Crocodile weighing about 200 kg was hooked just 100 metres from the site where the victim was attacked,” an SFC spokesperson said.

The statement also noted that the operation covered a 5km radius area from the site of the attack.

“With the successful culling of the adult Crocodile deemed capable of the attack, the operation at Sungai Oya was called off yesterday (Sunday).”>/p>

SFC also took the opportunity to extend its gratitude to all parties involved particularly the police and villagers for assistance rendered during the operation.

The spokesperson also reminded the public to be vigilant at all times when using the river.

Source: The Borneo Post

Residents gather around the 14-foot Crocodile found dead in a mangrove area of Del Carmen town in Siargao Island last Thursday (27 October 2016).
Photos: Vincent E. Guarte

Philippines: Fisherfolks in Siargao afraid to venture in mangrove areas after giant Crocodile found dead
By Roel Catoto, 29th October 2016;

A day after a big Crocodile was found dead in Del Carmen town in Siargao Island, several fishermen from the island have been afraid to venture out in the mangrove forest to fish, a village official said.

Ezperanza barangay captain Teodoro Galolo said several fisherfolks in his village have ceased to go to the mangroves for fear of being attacked by Crocodiles.

Last Thursday morning, a Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) 14 feet and 9 inches long was found dead floating along the waterways by the mangroves in Esperanza. The fishermen who found it then reported it to Galolo, the barangay captain said.

On that day, barangay tanods and some personnel from the Sentro Para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya (Sikat), a non-government organization conducting mangrove assessment in the area, retrieved the dead body of the Crocodile.

“We measured it at 14 feet and 9 inches long, and 2 feet and 8 inches wide,” said Jenny Comon, the barangay secretary of Esperanza.

Galolo said the Crocodile must have died only recently because its body was still not in a state of decomposition when found.

Barangay Esperanza is eight kilometers away from the Del Carmen town center.

“Some of the fishermen have ceased to catch fish and crabs in the mangroves for fear of being attacked by Crocodiles,” Galolo said.

But Jun Comon, a fishermen from Esperanza, said he would continue to fish in the mangroves despite the presence of large Crocodiles, pointing out that his source of income comes mainly from catching Mud Crabs (Scylla sp.) and fish in the mangrove area.

“We know the presence of Crocodiles lurking in the vast mangrove area and that’s part of the challenge. We’re used to it. We need to face it otherwise we go hungry with my family,” he said.

Galolo said they do not know yet the cause of Crocodile’s death.

Missing piglets

Galolo said several villagers have reported that a few months ago, several pigs and piglets had mysteriously gone missing and they believe that it has something to do with presence of Crocodiles lurking around the mangroves.

He said some fishermen had reported having seen Crocodiles even bigger than the one found dead last Thursday.

Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo Coro Jr. said the incident is a major drawback on the town’s efforts on environmental conservation.

“Our personnel, together with those of the non-government organizations and of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), are checking for any foul play that might have caused the death of the Crocodile. I am pushing that the incident be investigated,” the mayor said.

On Friday, a necropsy was conducted by DENR personnel to determine its cause of death, but no result has been released yet as of press time.

“Even though the death is tragic but this will serve as a reminder that the presence of Crocodiles in Del Carmen is not just a legend but a reality and that people should be careful not to swim in the mangrove area as it would be an accident waiting to happen. Such incident would only hamper and create problems for our protection and conservation efforts,” said Coro.

Dianne Animo, program manager of Sikat, expressed that the death of the Crocodile signifies the importance of protection and conservation in Del Carmen.

“This incident signifies the need for a more intensified operation in safeguarding the remaining local population of Saltwater Crocodiles in the wild. It is also significant to point out that the community should be a part of this effort to protect and conserve not only this species but the entire ecosystem,” said Animo.

Fishermen, on the other hand, have reported sightings of the Crocodiles along the mangrove areas in several other barangays in Del Carmen town – Mabuhay, Del Carmen (poblacion), Domoyog Island, San Fernando, Sitio Pangi Antipolo and in San Jose.

Reports also suggest Crocodile sightings in the mangrove areas in the neighboring town of San Benito.

The local government of Del Carmen is planning to preserve the dead Crocodile and display it at the town’s Mangrove Protection Information Center.

‘Witches’ in town

In the past, Del Carmen was known to have witches because of reports of several persons that have reportedly gone missing.

Lawyer John Cubillan, who hails from Del Carmen, said that “Numancia” (the old name of the municipality) was notorious for being a town haunted by aswangs, manananggals and other monsters of local folklore.

That tag may have stemmed from the mysterious disappearance of residents, which were later traced to attacks by Crocodiles lurking in the vast mangrove forests surrounding the town.

Radel Paredes, a columnist of Cebu Daily News whose roots come from Del Carmen, said his grandfather was attacked by a big Crocodile.

“My grandfather was once attacked by a Crocodile while he was rowing a baroto or dugout canoe amidst the mangroves. Luckily, he was able to fight back and drove the reptile away,” he claimed.

Killer turns breeder

In early 1990s a Crocodile named “Kibol” (bobtail) grabbed the headlines in the country after it was captured.

The Crocodile terrorized the coastal towns in Siargao Island at that time for attacking humans.

A 2003 report in the Philippine Star said Kibol has been serving a “lifetime sentence” as the principal breeder in a Crocodile farm in Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

Kibol is a 20-foot killer reptile, which was captured by a special team of Crocodile hunters along the swamps in Del Carmen. It is reportedly now busy “impregnating” young female Crocodiles in the farm.

Source: MindaNews