The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Sumatran tiger kills Indonesian man

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JAKARTA: A Indonesian man has been mauled to death by a Sumatran tiger in a remote village, authoritie­s said yesterday, the second deadly attack this year.

Yusri Effendi, 34, was found with fatal wounds to his neck by workmates and local villagers in Riau province on Sumatra island on Saturday evening, the local conservati­on agency said.

The victim was working on a building to lure the edible-nest swiftlet in Tanjung Simpang village when the tiger began lurking around the constructi­on site.

Several hours after first seeing the big cat, Effendi and his three workmates — thinking the coast was clear — made a dash for safety, only to come face-to-face with the animal a short distance away.

Effendi’s colleagues, who all survived the incident, told authoritie­s they scattered to evade the animal, but the victim was not so lucky.

A search party found the victim unconsciou­s at the edge of a river a short time later, authoritie­s said.

“When they opened his clothes they saw a gaping wound on his neck,” the Riau conservati­on agency said in a statement.

Human-animal conflicts are common across the vast Indonesian archipelag­o, especially in areas where the clearing of rainforest to make way for palm oil plantation­s is destroying animals’ habitats and bringing them into closer contact with people.

Earlier this month, locals from Hatupangan village in North Sumatra disembowel­ed a Sumatran tiger and then hung the big cat from a ceiling after it attacked a pair of villagers.

Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered by protection group the Internatio­nal Union for Conservati­on of Nature, with 400 to 500 remaining in the wild. — AFP

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