Fourth Sumatran tiger killed

Fourth Sumatran tiger killed

Feb 27, 2009

JAKARTA – INDONESIAN villagers have trapped and killed a fourth endangered Sumatran tiger amid a spate of tiger attacks blamed on illegal logging, environmental group WWF said on Friday.

Four tigers and six people have been killed on Sumatra island this month, it said.

‘We learnt on February 24 that another Sumatran tiger had been trapped and killed by villagers after it attacked two farmers on Sunday,’ WWF spokesman Syamsidar told AFP.

‘This is the fourth tiger killed this month and we are concerned because it is a protected animal and an endangered species.’

The farmers from Simpang Gaung village in Riau province were seriously injured in the attack, Syamsidar said.

‘The tiger in the latest killing had wandered into the village as its habitat had been destroyed by people,’ she added.

There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild and their increasing contact with people is a result of habitat loss due to deforestation, according to the wildlife group.

It said about 12 million hectares (30 million acres) of forest on Sumatra had been cleared in the past 22 years, a loss of nearly 50 per cent islandwide.

The incidents in Riau occurred in an area dotted with pulp and oil palm plantations and recently subject to burning to clear forests.

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