Man arrested for allegedly hunting deers at West Bali National Park

The suspect, identified as 33-year-old K, was caught at the park on the evening of Sept. 29. Photo: Buleleng Police
The suspect, identified as 33-year-old K, was caught at the park on the evening of Sept. 29. Photo: Buleleng Police

A man in Bali’s Buleleng regency is facing up to five years in prison after he allegedly hunted a protected species at the West Bali National Park last week. 

The suspect, identified as 33-year-old K, was caught at the park on the evening of Sept. 29, during which time authorities were conducting patrols.

“Our team found someone carrying a weapon and when we went to check he was also carrying deer meat, its bones and head,” Buleleng Police Chief Andrian Pramudinato said, adding that K was immediately taken to the police station afterward. 

Police seized two deer skulls, a machete, and five kilograms of deer meat, among other things, during the arrest. K has been charged with violation of articles under Indonesia’s 1990 Conservation Law, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of IDR100 million (US$7,015).   

At least four deer species are protected under Indonesian law. Authorities identified the hunted deer as a kijang, whose Latin name is Muntiacus muntjak.

Authorities say they are digging deeper into the case in the hopes to find others who might be connected to the crime.

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