JOHOR BARU: Footage of a tiger eating a cow, which has since gone viral, does not show the same predator that the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) is searching for in Felda Ulu Tebrau.
"It is not the same tiger that we are searching for as the video is from Indonesia," said Johor Perhilitan director Aminuddin Jamin.
"No cameras have been set up by Perhilitan, universities or non-governmental organisations in Felda Ulu Tebrau," he said.
Aminuddin said Perhilitan believes the tiger could have returned to the forests in Kota Tinggi.
"We have been searching but have not found any new physical evidence of the tiger.
"The tiger tracks in Felda Ulu Tebrau were found about a month ago and there have been no fresh kills.
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"This is among the reasons we believe the tiger has returned to its natural habitat, the jungle," he said on Wednesday (May 3).
Aminuddin said Perhilitan would continue searching and install cameras in Felda Ulu Tebrau to confirm the tiger has left for good.
Tebrau MP Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said he has since removed the video clip he posted on his Instagram account.
He said he would meet with Felda Ulu Tebrau management as settlers are still fearful that the tiger remains in the area.
On April 26, a report was lodged with Perhilitan after tiger footprints were spotted in Felda Ulu Tebrau here, just 20km from the Johor Baru city centre.
Three cows were also believed to have been mauled by the apex predator, the first time a tiger's presence had been detected there in almost 60 years.