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Sumatran tiger kills woman in front of child

1/6/2007

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A 47-year-old woman was mauled to death by an endangered Sumatran tiger in a village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, police said Thursday.

The tiger attacked the woman at midnight Wednesday near her house and dragged her into the jungle as her 12-year-old daughter stood by helplessly, said local police chief Lt. Col. Arum Priono.

Villagers have been advised to stay inside at night.

There are fewer than 700 Sumatran tigers worldwide, according to conservationists, and the rare animals are being forced to venture beyond traditional hunting grounds as rampant illegal logging, land clearing and commercial development eats into their jungle habitat.

Police were searching with forest rangers, the military and conservationists to try to catch the tiger.