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Tribal community gripes about release of tiger into park

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Bandarlampung   /   Tue, July 21 2009   /  03:40 pm

Members of the Belimbing traditional community in Way Haru hamlet, Belimbing district, West Lampung regency, have complained about the release of a Sumatran tiger that has attacked 11 people. They say the release of the man-eating tiger, named Salma, in the Tampang Belimbing (Tambling) forest inside the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (TNBBS) is a subtle move to evict them. Pangekahan is an enclave that was once part of the national park, but eventually grew apart from the park and became a village legally recognized by the government. "President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called off the release here of three tigers from Aceh on June 5 because we put up a strong fight," community leader A. Zulqornain Syarif Gelar Suntan Panji Negara said recently. "Suddenly, on July 12, the tiger from Jambi, which had attacked 11 people, was released near our village. Our lives are ...