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Indonesian villagers kill tiger, possibly for illegal wildlife trade

CONSERVATION authorities in Indonesia are investigating suspicions that the illegal trade in tiger parts drove the killing of one of the rare big cats earlier this month. The male Sumatran tiger was killed on March 4 by residents of Hatupangan village in Mandailing Natal district, North Sumatra province, who had labeled it a nuisance and a menace to the village. The residents then strung up the tiger’s body in the village hall for display. But an autopsy carried out soon after found that several body parts had been cut from the tiger’s corpse, likely destined for the illegal trade in wildlife parts. SEE ALSO: Lacoste replaces iconic crocodile with endangered species from Asia The tiger had been spotted roaming near the village since February, and villagers believed it was a supernatural creature. On Feb 16, the big cat attacked a hunting party that had embarked into the forest to track...

 

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