Thailand: Dog Attack Muntjac Rescued
15th June 2016;
A few days ago an injured Southern Red Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak curvostylis) was brought into to the WFFT Wildliife Hospital for urgent treatment after being attacked by a Domestic Dog. He had sustained numerous deep bite wounds, the vet team cleaned the wounds and stitched them up.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the Southern Red Muntjac as Least Concern (LC), because it remains common throughout most of its range, is resilient to hunting and increases in numbers with logging and presumably other forms of forest disruption, and survives even almost complete conversion of forest to at least some crop plantations. The coming years will see further fragmentation and if hunting continues at current high levels, wider declines and a higher frequency of local extinction than has so far occurred.
We have named him Keng. Keng is now recovering in an open forest enclosure at the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. We are hopeful he will make a full recovery.
There is some research suggesting that the Common or Red Muntjac might actually be two distinct species – the Southern Red Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak) being found south of the Isthmus of Kra, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Bali and associated islands, while the populations north of the Isthmus of Kra, Indochina, southern China, the Indian subcontinent, and Sri Lanka would be classified as the Northern Red Muntjac (Muntiacus vaginalis). If the taxonomic split is confirmed, this individual might be more accurately identified to to be a Northern Red Muntjac instead.
Indonesia: Police Found Sun Bear Meat Cooked by the Killers
28th September 2015;
Three alleged killers of a Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus), whose photo was uploaded on Facebook by a user named Ronal Cristoper, were arrested by Kutai Kartanegara (Kukar) Police Department on 25 September 2015. At first, they denied the suspicion. Ronal Christoper, Martinus Belawing, and Markus Lawai said that they did not kill the Sun Bear; they found it already dead from a boar snare.
They did admit that they disemboweled the Sun Bear and took its meat to be cooked. These residents of Tabang district, Kukar, also admitted that they uploaded the photo on Facebook using Ronal Cristoper’s account.
“They can disclaim it all they want, but the fact that they captioned the photo ’tangkapan hari ini’ (‘today’s catch’) says it all,” stated Bayu Sandi, the Coordinator of PROFAUNA Borneo.
A few hours after Ronal posted the photo, he uploaded another photo of his ‘prey’, a kind of deer which is also a protected species. It is almost impossible for them to escape legal punishment because police investigators found leftovers of Sun Bear meat cooked at Markus Lawai’s house.
Law no.5 of 1990 concerning the Conservation of Living Natural Resource and Its Ecosystem mentions that it is strongly forbidden for anyone to kill or keep/possess protected wildlife species aither dead or alive, including their body parts.
“Although they would not admit killing the Sun Bear, they can still be charged for having Sun Bear body parts and eating the meat,” explained Bayu Sandi, who has been putting much attention to this case.
The quick response of Kukar PD in finding the sunbear killers was higly appreciated by the public. The positive acknowledgement was shown in the hundreds of comments in PROFAUNA’s Facebook page, under a post about the arrest of the killers.
“PROFAUNA and the public thank and appreciate the police’s excellent work in enforcing the law to protect the wildlife,” said Rosek Nursahid, the founder of PROFAUNA.