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Preserving the endangered Malayan tiger
BY: CYNTHIA THYIA
There are on-going efforts by the Wildlife Department of Malaysia in tandem with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), international groups and individuals to preserve and conserve the endangered Malayan tiger.
In Peninsular Malaysia, the forests are home to fewer than 200 tigers at present and in recent months a few from this dwindling population have been found wandering in the vicinity of human settlements.
The authorities must factor the recent tragedy in Kampung Sau, Gua Musang where a 59-year-old orang asli villager was attacked and killed by a tiger when they take action against the danger posed by hungry tigers.
Both man and beast must be protected. In order to do so, there must be an understanding of the nature of the tiger and the possible causes that led to Human-Tiger Conflict (HTC).
Individual tigers require a large territory. But tigers are by nature solitary unless they are courting or mothers with young cubs. The tiger hunts alone, by ambush, waiting for lone unsuspecting prey and a tiger can be more aggressive when threatened or injured.
The solution to the Gua Musang tragedy is to minimize contact between wild tigers and humans.
When the threat to the resources required for a self-sustaining ecosystem ceases, the coexistence between humans and wildlife can be better managed and tragedies such as the killing of the orang asli villager can be averted.
THE MALAYSIA VOICE
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