TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat says that the wildlife poaching constantly taking place at the Komodo National Park in West Manggarai as a deeply regrettable situation.
He stated this after several of the island’s buffalo and deer poachers were captured previously. The suspects reportedly come from Bima, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
“We deeply regret the constant poaching activities that continue to happen at Komodo Island. The buffalos and deer living in the island are diminishing because of the poachers,” said Viktor on Sunday, August 11.
The NTB police confiscated sixteen carcasses of both animal species that were hunted by these poachers.
“We highly urge authorities to conduct a complete investigation regarding the animal poaching on the island,” said Viktor who also said that the national park needs to beef up and optimize its security to prevent similar events happening in the future.
“They are the ones who should conduct the field monitoring. Not the governor,” he said.
Viktor maintains that he still awaits for the central government’s decision to handover the Komodo National Park’s management to the NTT local administration to better prevent such events happening again, as it would be under the responsibility of the governor.