Intensified law enforcement against wildlife crime in North Sumatra currently has not been supported by adequate facility. Scorpion Foundation investigator visited the rescue centre of BBKSDA in Medan on Thursday (10th of March 2016) and found that the facility in the centre was not adequate. Animals were placed in small or old cages which need repair or replacement..
Head of Forest Police Rapid Response Unit (SPORC), Hendra Ginting said, the animals were in the centre for temporarily. Medical check need to be carried out to ensure they can survive in the wild when they are released. The eagles are planned to release in coastal area in North Sumatra but the location has not been decided.
The BBKSDA now handle 8 animals at the centre including 4 rare birds, 3 siamangs, and 1 gibbon.
Six of the animals were confiscated from two village heads in Medan.
Section Head of Protection, Preservation and Mapping at the BBKSDA in North Sumatra, Joko Iswanto, told the press on Thursday (10 March) the cases of two village heads (Lurah Pulo Brayan, Kepdes Naga Timbul), who kept the animals, are being cheked to decide for next step.