Perhilitan sets traps to capture tiger spotted near Kemaman

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has set two traps to capture a tiger that has been spotted roaming at the Kampung Teladas oil palm plantation in Air Putih near Kemaman.

Terengganu Perhilitan director Loo Kean Seong said that the traps were set on Wednesday ( is following a report lodged by farmers at the village that their cattle have been victims of tiger attacks since December.

“Perhilitan held a meeting with cattle farmers, villagers and the Air Putih assemblyman three days ago to look into the tiger attacks If there have been attacks on their animals, then reports must be immediately lodged to enable Perhilitan to conduct an investigation based on the carcasses found and for appropriate action to be taken,” he said when contacted by Bernama on Thursday (Jan 13).

Meanwhile, Ab Razak said tigers attacking villagers’ cattle has been a problem in the area for the past few years, adding that there had been no official reports lodged.

“However, since December, the attacks have increased. Some villagers claim a leopard is believed to be behind the attacks while others say a tiger is responsible. I hope the villagers will take precautions for their safety, at least until the operation to capture the beast is a success,” he said.

In February last year, a tiger named ‘Awang Rasau’ was captured by Perhilitan in Felda Kerteh 3 followed by another tiger, ‘Atan Kerteh’ in August. – Bernama