AN adult tiger that is believed to have killed three people has been captured on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.
The two-metre long endangered tiger is believed to have killed three men over the last two weeks in Jambi province.
It was trapped on Tuesday using a goat as bait, provincial conservation agency official Didi Wuryanto said.
“I’m very grateful that we were able to save the tiger. We were afraid that angry residents would shoot it,” Mr Wuryanto said.
“We suspect that the tiger was looking for a lost cub when it killed the three men,” he said, adding an infrared camera had been installed to detect any other tigers.
Human-animal conflicts are a rising problem as human settlements encroach on natural habitats in Indonesia, an archipelago nation with some of the world’s largest remaining tropical forests.
In January, two women were trampled to death by a pair of elephants in Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra after the animals entered an illegally cleared field from nearby jungle.
There are less than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, according to environmental group WWF.