The Jakarta Post
Two goats escaped being slaughtered for Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) on Sunday in Koto Tangah of Tanjung Emas district, Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatra, but unfortunately, they did not escape with their lives.
The goats were instead eaten by a honey bear that has been menacing livestock in the area.
“The incident was reported on Saturday morning by the goats’ owner, Rosmidar, who had planned to sacrifice the animals on Sunday,” Tanjung Emas district head Abramis Yuzi said on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency. The goats were found disemboweled with bite marks on their necks.
Abramis said that a similar incident had occurred in nearby Saruaso the week before, when several farm ducks were found dead with similar bite marks.
A honey bear is suspected of poaching on local livestock animals.
Forest rangers and the West Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) have set traps around Tanah Datar to capture the bear before it did more damage.
“Strangely, the food placed on top of the traps has been eaten, but the bear itself has not been seen,” said Abramis, adding that the bear’s presence in the area had affected the activities of local sap farmers.
“Many farmers do not want to go into the forest now because they are afraid,” he said. (kmt)