The Jakarta Post
A worker with PT Riau Indo Agropalma, identified as M. Amri, 32, is believed to have been killed by a tiger in the company’s plantation area in Tanjung Simpang village, Indragiri Hilir regency, Riau.
The man’s body was found lying face down by his colleagues in a plantation area named Kanal Sekunder 41 on Thursday.
The remains were sent to the hospital for an autopsy.
According to officials at the Pelangiran Community Health Center, the victim suffered severe wounds to his head and neck.
Amri’s friends said he did not show up at the workers’ camp for break time at around 10.30 a.m. They mounted an excavator and went looking for him after he failed to show up an hour later.
One hour into the search, the workers said they came across a tiger in the Kanal Sekunder 41 plantation area. They found Amri’s body not long after their encounter with the tiger.
“We are coordinating with the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency [BKSDA Riau] to address this problem as it may involve a protected animal,” Indragiri Hilir Police criminal unit head Comr. Adj. Indra L. Sihombing said.
BKSDA Riau chief Suharyono confirmed that given the nature of Amri’s wounds a tiger attack was likely to have been the cause.
“Especially because his body was discovered in an area where Sumatran tigers are commonly found,” he said.
He added that the area was part of the Kerumutan Wildlife Preserve, a habitat for many Sumatran tigers.
Suharyono said his agency had deployed a medical team and an animal-monitoring team to prevent similar incidents.