Wednesday, 8 August 2018, Kuching: A 2.2 meters long salt water crocodile was successfully caught on August 2 at one of the culverts at CH.9+175 at Kampung Paon at Sematan-Sungai Moyan (WPC02) works package.
The crocodile was first sighted at the culvert by a site worker on July 30 who alerted the project team at site who then issued a reminder to everyone of the existence of the reptile at the work area.
The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) was immediately informed of the finding where it sent its Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) on August 1 to the location where the crocodile was sighted.
After surveying the area, SWAT officers set up baits at four locations and left it overnight while the HSE team issued a reminder to the project team not to enter these locations.
The effort paid off when the crocodile was caught the next day and was taken away by SWAT for relocation purpose.
While construction of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak is of priority to the main contractors at all the 11 works packages, this project has also placed great emphasis in conserving and protecting the wildlife.
The relocation of the crocodile in this case is an exemplary effort by the project team to protect this protected species where it is guided by statutory requirements on wildlife conservation.