State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun yesterday said the authorities and stakeholders needed to be more vigilant.
“Now that the routes have been upgraded or sealed, we have found evidence of hunters encroaching into areas they were not supposed to.
“The three main routes are located in prime forest reserves, national parks and conservation areas. With the opening of the new routes, hunters can now hike in from the roadside, or use boats, more quickly than before.”
“This does not refer solely to enforcement departments, but also organisations like the Sabah Foundation, Sabah Parks, non-governmental organisations and the rural community. We need some self-imposed enforcement.”
Masidi said there had been reports of encroachment by hunters in places like Danum Valley, and people saying how easy it was to hunt wild boar and deer.
State Wildlife director Laurentius Ambu acknowledged the problem recently and said the authorities and NGOs needed to work together.
|Datuk Masidi Manjun says authorities need to be more vigilant|