Monday, February 7, 2011

Tiger Mauls Man to Death


A rare Sumatran tiger has attacked and killed a man in southern Sumatra, underlining the growing problem of human-animal conflict in the country.

The tiger mauled the 52-year-old as he was working in a plantation area in Banyung Lincir of Jambi province, human-animal conflict management coordinator Nurazman said on Friday.

“Local residents found his body with his head and arms ripped apart,” he said of the attack, which happened on Tuesday.

Human-animal conflicts are growing as forests are destroyed for timber or to make way for crops, forcing animals such as tigers and elephants into closer contact with people.

Tigers were blamed for the deaths of an Indonesian farmer in October, a palm oil worker in September and a rubber plantation farmer in August, all in Sumatra.

There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, according to the environmental group WWF.

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