Story at a glance

  • A critically endangered Sumatran tiger was found dead in a poacher’s trap in Indonesia.
  • The 4- to 5-year-old female tiger died of dehydration after being caught in a poacher’s trap, which broke its leg.
  • Fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers exist in the wild.

A critically endangered Sumatran tiger was found dead in a poacher’s trap in Indonesia, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Authorities reported a female tiger, approximately 4 or 5 years old, was discovered deceased near the Bukit Batu wildlife reserve. The tiger had died of dehydration after being caught in a poacher’s trap, which broke its leg.

An investigation into its killing has been launched.


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The Sumatran tiger is listed as critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers exist in the wild.

Despite the critically endangered designation, poachers continue to hunt the tigers, further dwindling the population.

In August, three Sumatran tigers, including two cubs, were found dead in a conservation area of Sumatra Island in Indonesia. All three died as the result of infections from wounds caused by poacher traps.


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Published on Oct 18, 2021