Officials with the tiger skin that was seized in Indragiri Hulu district, Riau, on Thursday (29/09). (Antara Photo/Rony Muharrman)

Authorities Seize Sumatran Tiger Skin in Riau


SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Jakarta. Officials of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry have confiscated a two-meter long Sumatran tiger skin in Indragiri Hulu district, Riau province.

"This was a collaboration between the ministry, World Wildlife Fund and the Natural Resources Conservation Agency [BKSDA] and has been developing over the past two weeks," the ministry's law enforcement and security center head Eduwar Hutapea said in Pekanbaru on Thursday (29/09).

Eduwar said that skin of the adult Sumatran tiger was seized from two alleged perpetrators, identified only by the initials A.H. and J.O., in Batang Gangsal district earlier on the same day.

The two are still considered witnesses and the police will name them suspects once the investigation links them with the crime.

During the arrest, police also confiscated a motorcycle and tiger bones.

The number of Sumatran tigers that have been poached in the region has set off alarm bells at the ministry and prompted officials to uncover more of these illegal acts, especially with the population of big cats declining rapidly due to deforestation.

Wildlife crime watchdog Traffic has stated that more than 1,700 tigers have fallen victim to the illegal wildlife trade over the past 15 years, with their skins being the most commonly trafficked item.