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Malaysia defends its use of puppies as live bait to capture black panthers

  • In September, villagers lodged a complaint with the Malaysian Wildlife Department after a black leopard attacked a dog in the area.
  • Police later succeeded in capturing the big cat, which appeared to have come from a nearby forest, using a puppy as live bait.
  • The operation faced backlash from animal rights groups, but the government said the procedure did not physically harm the puppies and that the use of live food was standard procedure.

The Malaysian Wildlife Department has used puppies as live bait to capture a black leopard found in a Malaysian village, after animal rights groups protested the method and appealed to the government to use other methods. defended.

The police decided to use puppies after attempts to lure the leopard using goats failed. Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, Director-General of the Wildlife Department, said in comments published on Tuesday that it is standard procedure to use live animals and that the puppies are not physically harmed in the process. He said he was unable to do so.

“In this particular case, there were signs that the leopard had attacked a dog (previously), so we used the pup’s bark and scent to attract the leopard,” he told the online news portal Free. He told Malaysia Today.

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Farmers in a village in southern Negeri Sembilan state were horrified when they spotted a leopard near their homes in September. Villagers lodged a complaint with the wildlife department after a leopard attacked their dog in an orchard in Negeri Sembilan state on September 4, according to a Facebook post by Prime Minister Aminuddin Harun.

Aminuddin said the wildlife department immediately set up a trap for the lynx, which appeared to have come from a nearby forest reserve. The police said they successfully captured three leopards on September 18, September 27, and October 1.

Malaysia’s wildlife department has defended its use of puppies as live bait to capture blank panthers. (Fox News)

However, the operation became controversial after local media reported that the puppies were used as live bait to lure the leopards. The Malaysian Animal Welfare Association condemned the move as shocking, saying it would have been more ethical for the agency to use raw cow meat. The Animal Welfare Association also appealed to the government to stop using live animals in such operations.

Abdul Kadir explained that the trap – a cage with a separate compartment for the pups – allows the canines to be released as soon as the leopard is captured. He said the puppies were unharmed and officials followed operating procedures.

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Abdul Kadir did not immediately respond to requests for comment by phone or email.

Wildlife officials in Negeri Sembilan told local media that the first leopard captured was a female weighing about 90 pounds. The department has captured 12 leopards in the state since the beginning of this year, including three captured in September.

Aminuddin previously said the leopards were being treated and appeared to be healthy, but did not say whether they had been released back into the forest. He said the wildlife department was also conducting an aerial survey using a drone to determine why the panther wandered into the village.

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Black leopards, which live in the tropical forests of Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, are solitary animals that hunt at night and rarely cause trouble to humans. Conservation researchers said the panther is a protected species and rarely bothers people, but faces threats from habitat loss and poaching in Malaysia.

In May, an adult black leopard that strayed from a forest reserve onto the road was hit by a car and died because the driver failed to stop the animal in time.

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