June 30, 2020, 08.07 AM

Asna noted though that the leopard never entered the villagers’ houses.

Repeat offender

A team from the Ciamis branch of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency [BKSDA] arrived at the scene of the leopard’s capture. The team and Asna then found another twist.

“The leopard has a collar on his neck. It has a microchip and a GPS transmitter,” Asna said. “[The BKSDA] said that the leopard had already been caught a year ago in a physically ill condition. They then released him once he recuperated.”

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Asna and his neighbors urged the BKSDA rangers not to release the leopard in their locale.

The IUCN has listed the Javan leopard on its Red List as a Critically Endangered species since 2008.

Their population is estimated to be about 250 individuals in the wild with a shrinking habitat of 2.200 to 3.300 square meters.

They have been found in national parks throughout Java such as Gunung Halimun National Park, Ujung Kulon National Park and Bromo Tengger National Park. 

(Writer: Candra Nugraha/Editor : Abba Gabrillin) 

Source: https://regional.kompas.com/read/2020/06/25/15424331/macan-tutul-berkalung-cip-yang-memangsa-8-anjing-berhasil-ditangkap?page=all#page2.

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