Researcher raises red flag over animal poaching

A cable noose trap found by NUS senior tutor Marcus Chua in Mandai forest. The mammal scientist believes it could have been used to ensnare animals such as wild boars or pangolins.
A cable noose trap found by NUS senior tutor Marcus Chua in Mandai forest. The mammal scientist believes it could have been used to ensnare animals such as wild boars or pangolins.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MARCUS CHUA
A cable noose trap found by NUS senior tutor Marcus Chua in Mandai forest. The mammal scientist believes it could have been used to ensnare animals such as wild boars or pangolins.
A cable noose trap found by NUS senior tutor Marcus Chua in Mandai forest. The mammal scientist believes it could have been used to ensnare animals such as wild boars or pangolins.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MARCUS CHUA

He says it may be far worse than data shows as illegal traps found may not reflect true extent

More work needs to be done to ensure the blight of animal poaching does not become a serious issue.

The call came from researcher Quek Xue Han, who noted that poaching may be a far bigger issue than suggested by official data.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Researcher raises red flag over poaching'. Print Edition | Subscribe