West Lampung, Lampung (ANTARA) - A resident of Sukamarga Village in Suoh Sub-district, West Lampung District, Lampung Province, survived a Sumatran tiger's attack though he suffered serious injuries on his head, a police officer stated.

Owing to his injuries, Samanan, 41, was admitted to Liwa Public Hospital for medical treatment, West Lampung Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms. Ryky Widya Muharam remarked.

Muharam did not elaborate on when this human-wildlife conflict (HWC) occurred but informed ANTARA on being contacted from South Lampung on Monday that Samanan was attacked while working in his farmland.

Samanan fought against the tiger that attacked him and managed to escape. Owing to his serious injuries, he had to get admitted to the Suoh Public Health Center before being sent to the Liwa Public Hospital, Muharam stated.

In February this year, two local residents were killed by Sumatran tigers.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, the West Lampung police officers evacuated the body of a resident of Sumber Agung Dua Hamlet in Sumber Agung Village, Suoh Sub-district.

Gunarso, 47, died after being attacked by a Sumatran tiger. In the early morning of Thursday, February 22, 2024, another resident was again attacked by a Sumatran tiger.

The 28-year-old resident of Bumi Hantati Village in Bandar Negeri Suoh Sub-district was also killed.

"His body part was found around 300 meters away from his farmland at 2 a.m. local time," he stated while adding that the victim was only identified as S.

ANTARA reported earlier that Sumatran tigers, the smallest of all tigers, are currently a critically endangered species only found on Sumatra, Indonesia's second-largest island.

Tigers are on the brink of extinction owing to deforestation, poaching, and conflicts between wild animals and local people due to their dwindling habitats.

Regarding the HWCs involving Sumatran tigers, the cases were not only found in Lampung but also in several other provinces in Sumatra Island.

The West Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) recorded eight cases of HWCs in eight villages of Agam District from January to March 11, 2024.

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