MEDAN, Indonesia – A park official says a rare Sumatran tiger has mauled a farmer to death in western Indonesia, prompting terrified villagers to call for the animal to be killed.
The official at Batang Gadis National Park, Yudi Santoso, said Wednesday that 32-year-old Karman Lubis was attacked this week while working on a rubber plantation near the park in North Sumatra province.
His mangled body was found Tuesday about 1 kilometer (less than a mile) from the plantation.
Fearful farmers have asked authorities to shoot the tiger, even though it is protected by law. The local government plans to try to trap and relocate the animal.
Indonesia is home to some 400 Sumatran tigers, which are on the brink of extinction because of deforestation, poaching and clashes with people.