November 07, 2006 06:06pm
Article from: Agence France-Presse
A RARE female Sumatran tiger died after being caught in a trap set up by Indonesian villagers in West Sumatra to capture wild boars, a report said today.
The tiger, about three years old, was found still alive but bleeding badly after one of its legs was caught in the trap set near Nagari Cumateh, in the Pesisir Selatan district of West Sumatra early yesterday, the state Antara news agency said.
It died before officials from the local nature conservancy office could arrive, following reports from local villagers.
Hart Lamer Susetyo, the head of the West Sumatra Nature Conservancy Office, said the tiger was the fifth to have been killed in the province this year.
The Sumatran tiger is an endangered species and less than 500 of them are believed to exist in the thick jungles across Sumatra Island.