A villager was attacked and severely mauled by a tiger in Muarojambi regency, Jambi, on Thursday. The victim was identified as Sutrisno, 45, a resident of Marosebo village in Jambi Luar Kota (Jakulo) district.
Dodi, the victim's neighbor, said on Thursday evening that the attack took place while Sutrisno was working on his rubber plantation. He had been able to take photos of tiger tracks prior to the incident, Dodi said.
“We are now living in fear. Villagers have been restricted from taking part in outdoor activities,” said Dodi as quoted by Antara.
Another villager claimed that before the attack he had spotted three tigers drinking at a nearby river.
An officer of the Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Bintang Hutajulu, said that his office in cooperation with local residents was still hunting for the animal.
He reminded the villagers to be more careful and limit their outdoor activities.
As of Friday evening Sutrisno was still being treated at the Abdul Manap General Hospital in Jambi City for serious wounds to his leg. (nfk)