Tigers spark fear in Riau
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta Thu, 04/16/2009 11:43 AM National
Residents in a remote village in Indragiri Hulu regency in Riau have been gripped by fear over the past week after two Sumatran tigers (Panthera Tigris Sumatraensis) were found to be roaming near their village and preying on their cattle.
Sudaryono, one of the villagers, told Antara state news agency Thursday that every night the tigers would come and attack their goats, but residents were too frightened to do anything.
“We have reported this to the local police and to the Natural Resource Conservation Agency,” he said.
Separately, Al Hamra, an activist from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), said that the tigers might have come from Bukit Tiga National Park, which shares its borders with Pulau Kembang village.
Hamra said the organization had recorded there were around 80 tigers in the national park in 2006.