Sumatran tiger found dead, trapped in metal trap in Bengkalis
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – A Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) was found dead in Tanjung Leban village, Bengkalis district, Riau province, his left front paw trapped in a metal trap.
Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) acting chief Fifin Arfiana Jogasara said on Sunday that the agency had received information from a local villager who was working in a field near the site.
“The farmer reported his discovery to Bukit Batu police, who then forwarded the report to the Riau BBKSDA. A team from the agency was dispatched to the scene for an initial identification,” Jogasara said.
According to the team, the tiger’s corpse was found on cultivated land in the Convertible Production Forest (HPK) area, some 21.85 kilometers from Bukit Batu Wildlife Conservation.
“The tigress was evacuated to Pekanbaru for an autopsy to determine the causes of her death and to estimate the time of death,” she said.
She called on the public not to place traps for any reason as it would harm animals, including protected species, saying it violates Law No. 5/1990 on the conservation of natural resources and its ecosystem. .
“Those who intentionally violate the law may face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of Rs 100 million, while those who disregard the law may face a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a maximum fine of 50 million rupees, ”Jogasara said.
ANTARA noted that in Indonesia, Sumatran tigers were the only surviving tiger species, as the country had already lost two tiger subspecies to extinction: the Bali tiger which went extinct in 1937. and the Java tiger in the 1970s.
The Sumatran tigers, the smallest of all tiger species, are currently critically endangered and are only found on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia’s second largest island.
Tigers are on the brink of extinction due to deforestation, poaching, and conflict between wildlife and local people due to their dwindling habitats.
The exact figure of Sumatran tigers left in the wild is ambiguous, although the latest estimates range from less than 300 to perhaps 500 at 27 locations, including in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Tesso Nilo Park, and Gunung Leuser National Park.
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