Indonesia: Villagers kill Bear inside settlement in Jambi

12th October 2017;

A Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) was killed in a village in Kerinci regency, Jambi, on Wednesday after residents panicked upon seeing a wild animal in their settlement.

The Sun Bear died from a wound to the abdomen caused by a villager throwing a spear at it in Tebing Tinggi village.

“The Bear entered a house,” Kerinci Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Dwi Mulyanto said on Thursday. “One of the villagers was carrying a spear and hit the Bear.”

It is believed the Bear wandered into the village as a result of food depletion and habitat loss.

The body of the Bear was immediately taken to the Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) Agency.

In neighboring Riau province, a Bear attacked a couple while they were tapping rubber on a plantation about 500 meters from their house in Teluk Paman village, Kampar regency, last Tuesday.

Saruli, a 60-year-old rubber farmer, survived but was left with serious injuries, while his wife, 55-year-old Bunai, died from a fractured skull in the incident, which has also been linked to a shrinking habitat.

Source: Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Villagers kill Bear inside settlement in Jambi

Indonesia: Sumatran Elephants poisoned, electrocuted

By Apriadi Gunawan and Jon Afrizal, 28th February 2016;

Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) populations have been continuing to decrease mainly due to illegal hunting, which uses various methods to kill the protected giant mammal, from poisoning to electrocution.

“Recently, we found many Elephants dead from poisoning and electrocution. The illegal hunters consider those ways not too risky,” Doni Gunaryadi of the Indonesia Elephant Conservation Forum (FKGI) told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Doni said almost every month an Elephant was found dead in Sumatra due to illegal hunting that takes place in eight of the island’s nine provinces.

He said that today there was no Elephant hunting in West Sumatra because there had been no Elephants in the province since 2007 when their habitat in Kota Panjang was used for the construction of a hydro power plant.

According to the FKGI’s data, the Elephant population across Sumatra is estimated to have reached 2,400 in 2007, but had decreased to 1,700 elephants in 2014.

Doni said there had been an increase in illegal hunting recently due to high prices being paid for the animal’s tusks.

For a super quality tusk, he said, the price could reach tens of millions of rupiah per kilogram while the price of a small tusk could reach millions of rupiah per kilogram.

He said tusks of Sumatran Elephants were sold in and outside of Sumatra, reaching Bali and East Nusa Tenggara where foreign buyers were waiting. “The buyers are mostly foreigners. They love Sumatran Elephant tusks because they’re beautifully shaped and strong,” he said.

Besides illegal hunting, Doni said, the decreasing population of the Elephants was also caused by the expansion of plantations, including massive palm-oil plantations.

He said the Elephants that lost their habitats entered residential areas to seek food and were getting into trouble with villagers.

“Conflicts between Elephants and residents are happening, especially in Riau, Jambi and Aceh. In those three regions, the mortality rate of Elephants is dozens every year,” he said.

FKGI chairman Krismanko Padang said police were currently detaining two illegal hunters for killing two Elephants in Tebo regency in Jambi recently. Police are also searching for the hunters’ accomplices.

Krismanko said the hunters, who were arrested in Riau, would be charged under the Conservation Law for crimes that carried a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a fine of Rp 100 million (US$7,100).

On Jan. 21 the Pangkalan Kerinci District Court in Riau sentenced four men to two-and-a-half years in prison each for hunting and killing Elephants in Tesso Nilo National Park (TNTN) in Pelalawan regency. The court also fined them Rp 20 million each.

Source: Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Sumatran Elephants poisoned, electrocuted

Indonesia: Police investigating elephant poachers in Riau

11th February 2015;

The detective directorate of the Riau Police have concluded a reconstruction of the killing of a protected Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) in Mandau, Bengkalis, Riau. Eight persons named suspects in the case were present.

“Today, we went to the slaughter-site with the eight suspects to conduct the case reconstruction,” head of the Riau Police’s detective directorate, Sr. Comr. YS Widodo, said on Wednesday.

The eight suspects were arrested on Tuesday after police received a report stating poachers had killed the elephant for its ivory in a forest in Mandau.

The case reconstruction included members from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Sumatra and the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency.

Coordinator of the WWF Sumatra’s crimes against wild animals unit, Oesmantri, said he was asked by police to check on the two ivory tusks, which were confiscated as evidence from the suspects. According to his analysis, the elephant was killed in the past two or three days.

“Based on our analysis, the ivory [tusks] confiscated from the suspects, which are large, or two meters in length, belonged to a male elephant aged around 80,” he said.

According to the police investigation, the suspects, identified as FA, HA, R, MU, S, R, I and AS were led by FA, who was allegedly the lead strategist and financier.

Widodo said that the suspects also admitted responsibility for the shooting deaths of three elephants in the Tesso Nilo Protected Forest last week and, beforehand, two other elephants in Jambi province.

He said the suspects only poached male elephants for their ivory tusks, which sell for about Rp 8 million (US$635) apiece.

Source: Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Police investigating elephant poachers in Riau

Indonesia: Arrested poachers killed six Sumatran Elephants: police

By Rabu, 11th February 2015;

The eight poachers who were detained on Tuesday evening had killed six Sumatran Elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) in two provinces, the Riau Provincial Police said.

“They belong to a cruel syndicate; they shot the elephants in their heads for their tusks. I strongly suspect they are part of a syndicate because they operated in different provinces, i. e. in Riau and Jambi,” Senior Commissioner Y. S. Widodo, who is the head of the criminal investigation unit of the Riau police, stated here on Wednesday.

The local police detained the eight poachers and seized weapons and a pair of two-meter-long tusks on Tuesday evening.

They admitted that the tusks were taken from a male Sumatran Elephant killed in Mandau, Bengkalis district, Riau province.

“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have killed three elephants in Tesso Nilo National Park in Riau, three days ago. The elephants that were poached comprised a female and two males,” he noted.

In September 2014, they had also killed two elephants in Jambi, and had sold their tusks at a price of Rp8 million, Widodo revealed.

The poachers names were announced by their initials as FA (50), HA (40), R (37), MU (52), S (30), R (30), I (25), and AS (50). FA was the main perpetrator behind the illegal hunting activities.

They face a five-year term in prison and are liable to pay a fine amounting to Rp200 million.

These arrests were the first of their kind after four years, despite several poaching incidents having been reported.

The WWF had recorded 43 cases of poaching of Sumatran Elephants in Riau, but no arrests had been made. In 2012, 15 such cases had been reported, but no arrests had been made. In 2013, there had been 14 cases of elephant deaths, of which 13 were found dead in Tesso Nilo National Park.

According to reports, 14 wild elephants were found dead under unnatural circumstances in 2014.

Source: Antara

Indonesia: Arrested poachers killed six Sumatran Elephants: police

In this Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 photo, an activist inspects one of two dead Sumatran Elephants allegedly snared and killed by poachers for their tusks, in Tebo district of Jambi province on Sumatra island, Indonesia. The head of the Indonesia Elephant Conservation Forum, Krismanko Padang, said carcasses the two male elephants were discovered early this week near a palm oil plantation. Their skulls were found without tusks, Krismanko said late Wednesday. He added that police who are investigating discovered some bullet shells near the scene.

Indonesia: 2 endangered elephants found dead in Indonesia
20th November 2014;

Two endangered Sumatran Elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) were found dead in western Indonesia and authorities believe they were killed by poachers.

Krismanko Padang, head of nongovernment group of Indonesia Elephant Conservation Forum, said carcasses of the two male elephants were discovered early this week near a palm oil plantation in the Tebo district of Jambi province on Sumatra island.

Their skulls were found without tusks, Krismanko said late Wednesday. He added that police who are investigating discovered some bullet shells near the scene. He urged the police to thoroughly investigate to find the perpetrators or their masterminds.

He quoted villagers as saying a group of about 30 elephants had been wandering around the region in recent weeks.

In September, three elephants were found poisoned in Aceh in northern Sumatra.

Fewer than 3,000 Sumatran Elephants are left in the wild. Environmentalists say they could be extinct within three decades unless they are protected.

Source: Associated Press