TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The South Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) promised to capture the tiger believed to be behind the tiger attack in Muara Enim that allegedly killed a local resident on Friday night of December 27.
The region’s BKSDA chief, Genman Suhefti Hasibuan, on Sunday said that the operation is due to be commenced as the suspected tiger has roamed outside of the protected forest area. They assert that the rescue mission is not because of the open threat from Muara Enim Regent who called for the tiger to be “captured dead or alive.”
“We assert that tigers are protected species under the Indonesian Law. BKSDA sees that tigers and humans need to be equally protected, which is why the tiger needs to be captured if it goes out of the protected area,” said Genman. “As of Muara Enim Regent’s threat, we resort to no comment.”
The BKSDA team tasked to track down the endangered animal have already started their mission when the tiger attack happened on Friday, December 27. However, the tiger has yet been located to this day.
For the past two months, tiger attacks have killed five local residents, but the recent case is the only one that happened outside protected forest areas.
“We urge residents to not hunt for the tiger as they are protected species,” Genman warned.