Sumatran tiger mauls Indonesian farmer to death
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) - A rare Sumatran tiger has mauled a farmer to death on Indonesia's Sumatra island, prompting terrified villagers to call for the animal to be killed. The same animal is suspected in attacks on five other people.
Mr Yudi Santoso, an official at Batang Gadis National Park, said 32-year-old Karman Lubis was killed this week while working on a rubber plantation near the park in North Sumatra province. His mangled body was found on Tuesday about 1km from the plantation.
Fearful farmers have asked the authorities to shoot the tiger, even though it is protected by law. The local government plans to try to trap and relocate it. The same tiger is thought to be responsible for attacks on five other people, as well as livestock over the past month in Jambi, another province on Sumatra island, said Mr Nurazman Nurdin, an official with the provincial nature conservation agency.
A farmer and four plantation workers were hospitalised with injuries in those attacks, Mr Nurdin said.