Painan, W Sumatra (ANTARA News) - A Sumatran tiger, which was trapped in wild boar snare in a hilly forest of Nagari Mandeh Village, West Sumatra, was rescued and evacuated by the local Natural Resource Conservation Agencys (BKSDAs) rescue team.
The team arrived in the area at 11:30 a.m. local time and managed to rescue the tiger, which had been trapped since Tuesday (May 24), after making the big cat unconscious by shooting a tranquilizer dart, Head of Area III Conservation of West Sumatra BKSDA Surajiya stated here on Friday.
The tiger would be brought to the Wildlife Cultural Kinantan Park in Bukittinggi District for rehabilitation.
"After undergoing rehabilitation, we will observe the tigers recovery. If possible, we would return the tiger to its habitat," Surajiya affirmed.
Meanwhile, Chief of the Nagari Mandeh Village of Koto XI Tarusan Sub-district Jasril Rajo Basah expected the tiger to be returned to its habitat near the village since the wild cat had not disturbed the day-to-day life of the villagers.
In fact, the village chief and local people acknowledged that the tiger had several times helped the local people who had lost their way in the forest.
Moreover, the tiger had become a natural predator of wild boars, which ravaged the peoples agricultural areas.
"We live side by side with the tiger, therefore we hope the big cat will be returned here soon," Basah added.(*)