Cattle Farmer Suffers Losses After Suspected Tiger Attack in Malaysia

Devastating attack on Malaysian cattle farmer's livestock by tigers, highlighting the need for effective measures to protect both endangered species and local livelihoods.

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Mazhar Abbas
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Cattle Farmer Suffers Losses After Suspected Tiger Attack in Malaysia

Cattle Farmer Suffers Losses After Suspected Tiger Attack in Malaysia

In a devastating incident on April 20, 2024, a cattle farmer in Kampung Kemat, Kuala Berang, Malaysia, suffered significant financial losses exceeding RM10,000 when six of his cows were found killed, believed to have been attacked by tigers. The farmer, Abd Muien Shafie, 41, discovered the carcasses of his livestock in the morning and midday, with only two of his cattle appearing frightened in the 2.2-hectare electric-fenced enclosure.

After finding all the carcasses, Shafie heard tiger growls and found traces of the animal's footprints, leading him to believe the cattle were killed by a tiger. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) Terengganu director, Loo Kean Seong, confirmed the presence of tigers in the affected village area and advised the villagers to keep their livestock in enclosures to avoid attracting tigers and leopards.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing conflict between wildlife conservation and the livelihoods of farmers in rural areas. It emphasizes the need for effective measures to protect both endangered species and the economic well-being of local communities.

Loo Kean Seong, the Perhilitan Terengganu director, stated, "We have received information on the presence of tigers in the village area, and we advise villagers to keep their livestock in enclosures to avoid attracting tigers and leopards." The department's confirmation of the presence of tigers in the area and their advice to villagers stresses the importance of taking precautionary measures to prevent further incidents and minimize the risk of human-wildlife conflict.

Key Takeaways

  • 6 cows killed by tigers, causing RM10,000 loss for farmer in Kampung Kemat, Malaysia.
  • Farmer found tiger growls and footprints, leading to belief of tiger attack.
  • Wildlife department confirmed tigers in the area, advised villagers to enclose livestock.
  • Incident highlights conflict between wildlife conservation and farmer livelihoods.
  • Need for effective measures to protect endangered species and local communities.