JAKARTA Rare Su­ma­tran tiger caught in an­i­mal trap dies

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

A crit­i­cally en­dan­gered Su­ma­tran tiger preg­nant with two cubs was found dead in the In­done­sian prov­ince of Riau af­ter be­ing caught in a pig trap, au­thor­i­ties said Thurs­day, in the lat­est set­back to a species whose num­bers are es­ti­mated to have dwin­dled to about 400.

The head of the lo­cal con­ser­va­tion agency, Suhary­ono, said the tiger, aged about 4 years, was re­port­edly trapped ear­lier this week, es­caped and was found dead on Wed­nes­day in a ravine about 150 me­tres from the trap with part of the snare wrapped around its body.

It was preg­nant with male and fe­male cubs, said Suhary­ono, who uses a sin­gle name. He said the snare rope had rup­tured its kid­ney.

“We will co­op­er­ate with law en­force­ment agen­cies for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and to launch an op­er­a­tion against wild hun­ters and traps,” Suhary­ono said.

He said a vil­lager who ad­mit­ted to set­ting traps for pigs was de­tained for in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

Su­ma­tran tigers, the most crit­i­cally en­dan­gered tiger sub­species, are un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure as their jun­gle habi­tat shrinks.

Two peo­ple have died in tiger at­tacks on Su­ma­tra this year and vil­lagers slaugh­tered a tiger they re­port­edly be­lieved was a su­per­nat­u­ral crea­ture. –

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