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