KUANTAN: Residents of Kampung Kubang Ikan, Cherating, are used to the presence of tigers in the areas surrounding the village, but they now want the authorities to do something about the big cats.
In the past, when their cattle were killed by the tigers, the villagers regarded it as tak ada rezeki (it was fated) for them to lose some of their livestock to the predators.
Now, however, they are getting worried as more of their cattle are being killed or have gone missing.
Villager Sulong Abdullah, 46, said three of his 22 heads of cattle were found dead near his house last year, and the evidence indicated that they had been killed by tigers.
“Two years ago, my neighbour lost some of his livestock too but we did not lodge a report with the state Wildlife Department.
“However, this time round, we decided to take action and called the department when four animals from my herd went missing last week,” he said when interviewed on Tuesday.
Sulong said there were some 100 head of cattle in the village – located about 70km from here – and some of them grazed in designated feeding plots while the others were released into an open field nearby.
Last Tuesday, after his cattle had gone missing, he found blood and traces of a tiger’s activities where the cows were last seen about 500m from his house.
He added that a few days ago his neighbour came face to face with a tiger, estimated to weigh around 60kg, near his house..
“The tiger only fled after my neighbour banged on some empty tin drums,” he added.
Sulong is worried for the safety of his neighbours who collect pucuk paku and fruits in the jungle near the village.
“I believe the tiger or tigers are somewhere in a forested area in Bukit Che Dor Wok, about 1km from here,” he said.
He added that a few of them patrol the village in the evenings to ensure that the cattle were safe, but the attacks usually occur at night, when none of us can do much,” he said.
Sulong said officers from the department had set up a trap at the village last Friday but no tiger had been caught to date.
When contacted, department director Zainuddin Abdul Shukor said it was believed that one or two tigers were roaming the Cherating area.
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