Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Two Sumatra tigers killed in Indonesia

Two Sumatra tigers believed to have attacked villagers' cattle in Blang Ralee and Menasah Daya villages, North Aceh District, Aceh Province, have been found dead. The tigers were killed after plunging into human-made traps, head of the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency Andi Basrul said here on Friday. "The tigers went into the traps by accident, because the traps were intended for wild boar," he said. Andi Basrul said the local villagers were aware of sanction and punishment for killing endangered animals such as Sumatra tiger, so, they would not possibly kill the tigers deliberately. Under Law No. 5/1990 on the environment and ecosystem, anybody found guilty of killing an endangered animal could be sentenced up to 10 years in jail and fined a maximum of Rp100 million.

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