Humananimal conflicts rampant
Villagers in a remote Indonesian community disemboweled a critically endangered Sumatran tiger and then hung the big cat from a ceiling after it attacked a pair of locals, a conservation official said Monday.
Human-animal conflicts are rampant in the vast Southeast Asian archipelago, especially in areas where the clearing of rainforest to make way for palm oil plantations is destroying animals' habitats and bringing them into closer contact with people.
Locals from Hatupangan village in North Sumatra had initially suspected the tiger was a supernatural creature so they followed it to its jungle lair, the official said.
The tiger -- which has been seen around the village since last month -- attacked the curious group Sunday, leaving two villagers seriously injured.
They later announced plans to kill the animal, despite warnings by conservation officials not to hurt the endangered cat.