Ulu Kuang villagers relieved as 'Yop Kuang' walks into trap set by Perhilitan

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  • Saturday, 10 Feb 2024

Perak Perhilitan senior assistant director Nor Hani Abdul Samat said the tiger, which has been named "Yop Kuang", weighed 156kg and looked healthy. - Photo: Bernama

IPOH: The prolonged suffering and anxiety of villagers due to the regular sighting of a tiger in Kampung Ulu Kuang, Chemor here, ended on Saturday (Feb 10) when the animal walked into a trap set up by the Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan).

Perak Perhilitan senior assistant director Nor Hani Abdul Samat said the tiger, weighing 156 kg and about six years old, entered the trap at about 11am Saturday morning.

"We set up the trap yesterday (Feb 9) after surveillance was carried out through recordings from cameras set up in the area where the tiger was sighted.

"Physically, the tiger, named ‘Yop Kuang’, looked healthy and is believed to be part of a tiger population in the Bukit Kinta Forest Reserve which is situated about 2.4km from where the trap was set up,” he told reporters at Kampung Ulu Kuang, here Saturday.

On Friday, Perak Perhilitan director Yusoff Shariff confirmed receiving a report about a "tiger attack" in the village where about 2,000 people are living.

Yusoff had through a statement said initial investigations carried out by the department on Feb 8, revealed that the tiger has been attacking animals bred by the villagers and was also seem roaming in the area, probably in search of food.

Meanwhile, Ulu Kuang village head Hamdan Ishak, 57, said the villagers are relieved with the capture of the tiger because the people have been living in fear after tigers were sighted in the village.

"We wish to thank Perhilitan for their quick action in setting up a trap and capturing the tiger without any untoward incidents. Now we can all return to our normal routine in the village,” he said. - Bernama

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