Forest rangers from the Wildlife Authority (BBKSDA) in North Sumatra and from Scorpion Foundation patrolled conservation forest in Sibolangit, North Sumatra on Tuesday (12th of December 2017). The purpose of the patrol was to prevent the capture of wildlife in the area.
During the patrol, Scorpion and the BBKSDA did not find illegal hunters. Instead they discovered four snares and a large hole used for trapping animals. The patrol team collected all the snares and removed them to prevent the illegal hunter from reusing them.
Although it is just a small-scale activity, the illegal capture of wild animals in the Sibolangit forest still takes place, according to a Scorpion source.
The main target of the illegal hunters in this area is wild boar, however, if protected animals such as pangolin are trapped, the hunters will also keep them.
Representative from Scorpion is counting snares discovered in Sibolangit, while a BBKSDA ranger takes notes and coordinates of the location in Sibolangit forest on Tuesday (12/12/2017)
Collecting snares in Sibolangit forest.
Another snare discovered in Sibolangit.
Patrol team (from left): Riza Marlina (Scorpion), Harry Marpaung (Scorpion), Sangap (BBKSDA), Adi (BBKSDA), and Bukit (BBKSDA).