Following an investigation by the Natural Resource Conservation Agency in Riau and West Sumatra Province, with support from WWF Indonesia’s Tiger Protection Unit, a suspected tiger smuggler has been arrested in West Sumatra, Indonesia.
The investigation also resulted in the seizure of the skin of an adult male tiger believed to have been poisoned inside or near a wildlife reserve in Sumatra’s Riau Province. The suspect continues to be detained at a police station in West Sumatra and a minivan allegedly used to transport the tiger skin has also been confiscated as evidence.
The Sumatran tiger population is estimated at 400 individuals with as few as 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild across Asia.
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