The repeated tiger incident


Currently we are dealing with a very serious problem of repeated tiger incidents on Sumatra, in Bohorok region. Within the last six months it was the third attack on cows, which scares the people and makes them anxious. It is not just about them losing the animals, they are payed back for their losses. They are more angry at the state offices of nature conservation and the headquarters of NP Gunung Leuser, that does almost nothing about that. But what is there to do?

Zbynek Hrabek, the inspector of the Forest for Children association, said clearly:

‘It is needed to monitor and find out which exact tiger it is and make more effective moves. Our team Green Patrol is able to do exactly this type of monitoring with the use of the phototraps. But the NPGL offices make it possible for more non-profit organizations to monitor that area and that creates just a chaotic environment.’

Yes, this is a problem indeed, because nothing is done in the end and the only output is just a few pictures from phototraps that serve as a propagation, but not for the identification of the problematic tiger and any solution.

The Forest for Children Association Comes with a Solution:

  • The complex monitoring of each and every tiger incident with the aim of a clear identification of the tiger. (We suspect it is a young female tiger that comes back to our Green Life reservation last six months).

  • Making a new concept of agriculture in the protected zone NPGL, specialized for a regulated breeding of the farm animals, especially cows and goats. (These animals need to be located in a safe place overnight and cannot stay tied to the trees over night, also they can’t be closer to the border of NPGL than 500m, better 1000m. Ideally there would be some electric fence powered by the solar energy)

  • The strict rules for the elimination of the poaching activities in NPGL and uncontrolled hunting in the protected zone. These activities make it harder for the tigers to hunt their natural prey. Since they have nothing else to eat, the tigers are forced to go closer to the villages and find the unnatural prey like goats and cows.

  • Making a new system of commune rangers, who would be represented by the locals. these rangers would be under the control of Green Patrol and would be watching over the terrain in selected region. This system was already a succes in Nepal.

Forest for Children has another big challenge ahead and a big task in the protection of the Sumatrean tiger. The huge role model for us, in this activities, became the anti-poaching union CBPU in NP Bardia, whose work we could witness during our visit of 9. World’s Ranger Congres IRF in Nepal.

This ia an important beginning aiming to eliminate the tiger’s attacks towards farm animals. If the attacks will continue, there’s a chance that the offices will captivate or shoot the tiger, if it attacks a human.

We would like to thank to all of our cooworkers, sponsors, contributors and supporters, that they make it possible for us and our team Green Patrol and YHUA on Sumatra to do this very important job on protection of critically endangered Sumatrean tigers and other animals.