Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019

Shocking, a tiger enters market in Indragiri Hulu, Riau


IllustrationIllustration - A Sumatran tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae) shocked civilians when it was spotted in a market area in Pulau Burung District, Indragiri Hulu Regency, Riau, on Wednesday, November 11th. The tiger was seen playing in between two shop houses.

Although they were shocked, instead of avoiding it, they wanted to get close to the tiger. The head of the Great Hall of Natural Resources Conservation (BBKSDA), Saryono said that they had instructed the police and the army to army to keep the civilians away from the tiger.

“Most of the civilians were looking at the tiger from a close distance. So we asked the police and the army to keep the civilians away from the tiger’s presence,” Saryono said.

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The civilians wanted to get close to it because it was such a rare occurrence for a tiger to come to a crowded area such as the market.


However, Saryono said that being crowded by humans could cause stress to the tiger. “We hope civilians can keep their distance,” he said.

It was informed that before this, Sumatran tigers had entered civilians’ residential areas several times. One of them happened in Teluk Nibung Village, Pulau Burung District, Indragiri Hilir Regency, Riau. At that time, a tiger attacked a cow.

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The spokeswoman of BBKSDA, Dian Indriati said that a civilian named Parman also claimed that his house was often passed by a Sumatran tiger. At the moment, the team had installed two box traps at the location where the tiger attacked the cow. “There is no sign that the box traps have been visited by a tiger,” Dian said.

BBKSDA’s head of Riau Division, Mulyo Hutomo, also said that they had taught the civilians about what to do to avoid tigers. His team also forbad the civilians from using snares. Since tigers came into the village, the civilians are afraid of doing any activity in their gardens.


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