GUA MUSANG: The state Wildlife and National
Parks Department yesterday captured a rare
clouded leopard in Felda Perasu here
following reports of its sightings by
The clouded leopard in the trap set up by
the state Wildlife and National Parks
Department. Pic by Ramli Ibrahim. Source:
NST, 25 March 2013).
Director Rahmat Topani said the male
leopard, which was under threat of
extinction, was lured into a trap set up by
rangers in an oil palm plantation about 8am
"The clouded leopard is a rare species and
is protected. The animal has no record of
attacking humans but we laid the trap when
villagers reported sightings in their area."
He said the captured leopard, known
scientifically as Neofelis nebulosa, was
estimated to be about 4 years old with a
height of 0.5m.
"We will release it into the wild in the
Kuala Koh national park soon."
Rahmat said the department could not
ascertain a claim made by a villager that
the clouded leopard had mauled 10 goats in
the settlement but would look into the
"As the size of the clouded leopard is not
that big, it may not be possible for it to
have eaten the goats. Besides, clouded
leopards normally only prey on chickens."
Settler Mat Zain Deraman, 53, said he lost
10 goats on Tuesday and Wednesday and
believed they were mauled by the clouded
"I helped set up the trap with the rangers
and we put two goat carcasses as bait," he