Terengganu Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) Director director Loo Kean Seong has urged the public to not share any videos of wild animal sightings on social media to avoid threats from poachers.
He said the videos should instead be sent to his department to facilitate further action.
“Sharing wildlife sighting videos on social media with details such as location and time they were spotted only gives an opportunity to irresponsible parties.”
“Perhaps the intention is for others to be careful with the existence of wild animals around the location, but there are negative effects from sharing on social media and this must be stopped,” Loo said, reported Bernama.
On Saturday (22 January), a 33-second video showing a tiger walking across the road in Paka, Terengganu went viral on social media.
The man who posted the video claimed to be in Santong, Paka near Dungun, who managed to record the movement of the tiger coming out of the bush and then crossing the path used by the villagers.
However, Loo said the Terengganu Perhilitan has yet to receive a complaint from any party regarding the discovery of the tiger.
“Individuals who come across a tiger should keep a safe distance as there are possibilities of the animal to act aggressively. If they want to take video, just do it from a distance and report it to Perhilitan to facilitate monitoring,” Loo said.