Jakarta: A worker died after a tiger attack at a plantation area in Tanjung Simpang village, Indragiri Hilir regency, Riau.
PT Riau Indo Agropalma (RIA) worker, Wahyu Kurniadi was pounced on from behind on Thursday while he and four co-workers were working on acacias.
It was reported that the tiger mauled the 19-year-old’s neck and dragged him into some bushes but his co-workers managed to drive the animal off.
Wahyu was badly injured and later succumbed to his wounds.
“The victim will be buried in his hometown in Aceh, as requested by his family, ” said Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) head Suharyono, on Friday.He added that the BKSDA had assigned a special team to the village to educate residents and workers on what to do when they encounter wild cats.
Another worker with PT RIA, identified as M. Amri, died following a tiger attack at the same village last May.
Suharyono said the area where these conflicts between humans and tigers often happened was among the last remaining tiger habitats in Riau. He said the BKSDA was currently looking for a solution in favour of the tigers.
“It’s not wise of us to remove the tigers from their own home. Therefore, we will make the best possible solution for the problem, ” he added.
The Sumatran tiger population is under threat as a result of deforestation and rampant poaching.
The species has been listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List since 2008, with an estimated number of fewer than 400 surviving in the wild. — The Jakarta Post/ANN