Sumatran Tigers Kill 3 in Indonesia

Illegal loggers were sleeping in Sumatran preservation
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2009 3:47 AM CST
Sumatran Tigers Kill 3 in Indonesia
Veterinarians examine a tranquilized Sumatran tiger prior to its relocation into the wild.   (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)

Sumatran tigers have killed six Indonesians in the last month, including three over the weekend. The latest victims include a father-son pair of illegal loggers who were attacked while they slept in a protected forest, AP reports. Sumatrans are the world's most endangered tiger subspecies. Poaching and forest destruction have left only 250 of them in the wild.

About 40 people were killed by the tigers between 2000 and 2004. Villagers often fall victim to hungry cats that stray into their communities. A tigress that killed three people near a village last month was captured and relocated. In the latest attack, the tigers were in their natural habitat. "This time it was the loggers' fault," said a conservationist.
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