The Jakarta Post
A joint team of Indonesian Military and National Police personnel in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), seized at least nine deer allegedly obtained through illegal hunting on Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara.
The team apprehended a motor boat, which was carrying the deer carcasses, when it was on its way from Komodo Island to Sape in Bima regency, NTB.
“It is suspected that the nine deer confiscated by the joint police and military team in Sape waters, Bima, on Saturday afternoon, were from illegal hunting on Komodo Island,” Wirabima military command post spokesperson Maj. Dahlan told The Jakarta Post in Mataram on Monday.
He said the joint team secured the motor boat and its crew when they were about to unload cargo in the So Toro Wamba beach area in Poja village, Sape district, Bima.
Wildlife crime: Carcasses of deer hunted illegally on Komodo Island were confiscated during a security raid in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, on Saturday. (Courtesy of the Wirabima military command post/File)
During the raid, the personnel also confiscated one buffalo head, two home-assembled long barrel rifles equipped with laser and eight SS1-type bullets.
“They also seized one pick-up vehicle and a wooden motor boat,” said Dahlan.
He said the raid was conducted following a report from locals in Sape district of suspected deer smuggling from illegal hunting on Komodo Island. The report was immediately followed up by the Sape Police and Sape military command post, which then established a special team.
On Saturday afternoon, the team, which was led by Sape military command post commander Capt. Junaid and Sape Police chief Adj. Comr. Sarifudin Jamal, launched a raid.
“Unfortunately, all suspects managed to escape arrest. Our personnel could only arrest the driver of the pick-up vehicle,” said Dahlan. All evidence had been secured by the Bima Police, which was now handling the case, he added. (ebf)