“We have never heard that golden cat can live on palm oil plantations. We are concerned about this,” he said.
Elsewhere, Data Analyst from East Java BKSDA Agus Irwanto said that it is forbidden to capture, preserve, or trade in golden cats. Failure to adhere to the rules will result in five years jail time and a fine of 100 million rupiahs ($7,055), according to Law No. 5/1990 on Conservation of Natural Resources and the Ecosystems.
Back into the wild
The golden cat tangled up in wild boar trap in Kamang Mudiak Village will soon be released back into the wild, said Head of West Sumatera BKSDA Erly Sukrismanto.
“The golden cat’s condition has improved. The wound is starting to heal,” said Erly, adding that once it is ready, the golden cat will be released back into the wild.
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