Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Villagers poison tiger 'terrorising' Indonesian district

By Foreign affairs editor Peter Cave

Posted Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:22pm AEST

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says Indonesian villagers who killed a rare and endangered sumatran tiger in South Aceh are unlikely to be prosecuted.

Only a few hundred of the tigers remain in the wild, but the villagers claimed the animal had been terrorising the district.

The tiger was found dead near Gempong Tinggi village after local people laid out poison baits late last week.

They said the animal had killed scores of goats and water buffalo in recent weeks and was believed responsible for the death of a local nutmeg farmer who disappeared during a visit to his plantation late last month.

Parts of his body were found in a cave.

A spokesman for the WWF in Sumatra, Sunarto, said that while the Indonesian Government pursued poachers it was unlikely to act where villagers killed a tiger to protect themselves

http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/ 16/1980064.htm?section=justin

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