Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wild tiger kills man in Indonesia's Aceh

Wild tiger kills man in Indonesia's Aceh

(AFP) – 19 hours ago

BANDA ACEH , Indonesia — A cocoa farmer was mauled to death by an endangered Sumatran tiger as he worked alone in his plantation on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a local official said Thursday.

The 48-year-old man, identified as Cut Hasan, was last seen by other farmers on Monday, the head of Geumpang village in Pidie district, Syaiful, told AFP.

The partially eaten body was found Wednesday several dozen metres from the plantation area, which lies 180 kilometres (110 miles) east of the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

"The tiger broke his neck and shattered his skull. His abdomen was ripped open and there were multiple claw and canine marks on his body's parts," he said.

Human-animal conflicts are a rising problem as people encroach on wildlife habitats in Indonesia, an archipelago with some of the world's largest remaining tropical forests.

There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, according to the environmental group WWF.

Conservationist Didi Wuryanto said in March that up to 30 human deaths last year were attributed to tiger attacks.

According to the Geumpang chief, several villagers have seen two tigers roaming the village but the attack was the first such incident in the area.

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