Indonesia: Two Sumatran Tigers Rendered Crippled by Trap

27th January 2016;

Two wounded Sumatran Tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) were found in a production forest in Mukomuko regency, Bengkulu, Indonesia. The wounds were suspected to be caused by traps set up by hunters.

The Head of Criminal Unit, AKP Welman Feri, stated to the press that the Chief of Mukomuko Police Department, AKBP Andhika Vishnu, has directly observed the Tigers’ condition through camera trap recordings owned by PT Sifef Biodiversity Indonesia, and it was apparent that Toth tigers are crippled.

Welman added that both crippled Tigers most likely got injured from trying to escape hunter traps, which made them lose their legs. However, the police cannot yet confirm the fact because the recordings are the only evidence. The camera traps were set up by PT Sifef Biodiversity Indonesia who is running a restoration project in the nearby state forest.

In addition, the company workers also claimed to have found lots of traps, which they assume were set up to catch Tigers within production forests and concessions.

“We do not know the total number yet, but it was a lot,” said Welman.

The amount of Tiger traps in the forest proves that Tiger poaching is still taking place in Mukomuko.

The police have arrested two poachers and dealers, also confiscated Tiger skin and organs. Other suspects are still under investigation. Mukomuko Police Department will continue the monitoring to prevent any more poaching around the regency.

Source: ProFauna

Indonesia: Two Sumatran Tigers Rendered Crippled by Trap

The latest (stranding) happened on Monday 22 Dec 2014 at local time 7 am at Mukomuko Bengkulu. A 3-ish meter baleen whale, code 2, suspected Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) (waiting further identification). Special thanks to Beginer Subhan for the early alert. Field photograph from Mr Rahmad Hidayat, the Bengkulu Marine and Fisheries Office.

Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia Facebook

Newborn or stillborn baby Blue Whale stranded in Bengkulu, Sumatra Indonesia (Pics: Rahmat Hidayat, Marine & Fisheries Agency Officer, Bengkulu)

Source: Blue Planet Society Facebook

(ANTARA FOTO/Helti Marini Sipayung)

Indonesia: Sumatran Tiger rescued from trap undergoes leg amputation
By Helti Sipayung, 5th April 2014;

A Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), rescued earlier after becoming entangled in a sling snare trap in Bengkulu Province, had one of its legs amputated on Saturday due to a severe infection.

The medical team at Bengkulu Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) had to amputate the tiger’s front right paw to prevent the spread of the infection.

“The tiger may set her paws on the ground again in three weeks,” a veterinarian of BKSDA Erni Suyanti Musabine said.

Elsa, the name of the tiger, will receive treatment for the next three weeks.

The three-year old female tiger was 1.5 meters long and weighed 70 kilograms. It was rescued by the BKSDA in Beriang Tinggi Village, Tanjung Kemuning Sub-district, Kaur District, Bengkulu.

The BKSDA received a report about the trapped tiger on Tuesday, April 2, from an official of the local Forestry Office, who was measuring the perimeter of the commercial permit (HGU) for PT Dinamika Selaras Jaya, a private oil palm plantation company in Beriang Tinggi Village.

The BKSDA team began the rescue operation on Thursday morning, as it was difficult to work at night. The veterinarian said it might be difficult for the tiger to hunt once it is returned to the wilds.

However, research from the agency using camera traps, showed that some tigers, who also have had one of its legs amputated, are able to survive.

Sling snare traps set by poachers or even local residents have become a serious threat to wildlife in Sumatra.

Last year in February, another female Sumatran Tiger was found entangled in a sling snare trap in Bengkulu.

Due to a severe infection, the tiger died two months later. The local BKSDA veterinarian said one of the tiger’s rear legs had a pinched nerve after being entangled in the sling snare trap. It also suffered from liver disease.

Source: Antara

Indonesia: BKSDA Saves Trapped Sumatran Tiger

By Phesi Ester Julikawat, 5th April 2014;

The Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of Bengkulu has saved a Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) that was trapped by residents in Kaur Regency on Thursday.

According to BKSDA veterinarian, Erni Suyanti, the tiger was found in a man-made trap in the palm plantations area belonging to PT Dinamika Selaras Jaya in Trans Sulau Village, Kaur Regency with its right foot decayed.

“Since it was trapped for more than three days, its right foot was rotten and had to be amputated,” said Yanti to Tempo yesterday.

The female tiger weighed 70 kilograms and has been treated with antibiotic injections, pain killers and hydration treatment. It is currently quarantined in the BKSDA’s facility for recovery. BKSDA is awaiting the instruction from the Forestry Ministry regarding the tiger.

“Ideally, it would be released back to the wild, but considering its conditions, we have to wait for the minister’s decision about where it’s going to be transferred,” said the vet.

Source: Tempo

Indonesia: BKSDA Saves Trapped Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae). (ANTARA/Helti Marini Sipayung)

Indonesia: Sumatran Tiger rescued from trap may undergo leg amputation
By Helti Marini Sipayung, 4th April 2014;

A Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) may have one of its legs amputated due to infection after being entangled by a hunter’s sling snare trap in Bengkulu.

Veterinarian of Bengkulus Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Erni Suyanti Musabine said here on Friday the tiger’s front right leg had to be amputated to prevent the spread of bacterial infection.

“It must have been entangled for three days,” she said.

Despite the defective front right leg, the tiger was in good physical condition. It had neat fur and his weight was proper.

The three-year old female tiger was 1.5 meters long and weighed 70 kilograms.

Antibiotics were used to prevent the spread of the bacterial infection to the other parts of the tiger’s body.

The tiger was now kept in the BKSDA office and will receive follow-up treatment on Saturday, April 5.

Previously, the BKSDA received report about the trapped tiger on Tuesday, April 2, from an official of the local Forestry Office, who was measuring the perimeter of the commercial permit (HGU) for PT Dinamika Selaras Jaya, a private oil palm plantation company in Beriang Tinggi Village, Tanjung Kemuning Subdistrict, in the Kaur district of Bengkulu.

The BKSDA team began the rescue operation on Thursday morning as it was difficult to conduct the operation during the night.

The sling snare traps from poachers or even local residents have become a serious threat for wildlife in Sumatra.

Last year in February, another female Sumatran Tiger was found entangled by a sling snare trap in Bengkulu.

Due to severe infection, the ill-fated big cat died two months later. The local BKSDA veterinarian said one of the tiger’s rear legs had a pinched nerve after being entangled on the sling snare trap. It also suffered from liver disease that worsened its condition

Source: Antara