Wild tigers attack cattle in Lam Dong
21:18' 04/08/2009 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet Bridge - Two wild tigers reportedly appeared at a village in Tu Nghia commune, Cat Tien district, the central highlands province of Lam Dong, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Local forest rangers found footprints of the animals, which measured 8cm and 5cm.
Local people said they saw the tigers on March 19, which were possibly a mother tiger and her cub.
Villager K’Len said that night he heard strange noises under his stilt house and when turning on his flash light, he saw two tigers. The two animals ran away at his screams. K’On, a neighbor, went out at the time and also saw the tigers.
Later, on March 27, villagers picking vegetable at the nearby area heard tiger’s roar.
The residents said that many of their goats have gone missing during the past ten days, suspecting the tigers as the culprit.
Local authority and Forest Rangers’ Sub-Department are working to determine the number of wild animals in order to put protecting measures in place for the precious animals.
They will also work out measures to ensure safety for local residents.
The number of wild tigers in Viet Nam has dropped to around 100, half the figure less than a decade ago, a report released in 2008 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed.
In 1999, the Big Cat Specialist Group reported an estimated 200-300 tigers were living in the country. The animals have already been added to the Viet Nam Red Book of endangered species. According to MARD, the major reason for their dramatic decline is poaching.