Man-eaters of Sumatra

Today’s news of a mountain lion photographed in Republic County shouldn’t cause any Kansans to fear for their safety. Attacks on humans by those kinds of cats are extremely rare.

But as this news video shows such isn’t the case on the island of Sumatra, where tigers have been killing increasing numbers of humans.

Click here to view the clip.

Biologists say the attacks are largely because decreased jungle habitat brings tigers closer and closer to humans and makes it harder and harder for them to find wild animals for food.

Actually man-eating tigers are nothing new. Some accounts from India have individual tigers eating dozens of humans in the past. Such cats are rare, though.

In Sumatra they’re trying a unique rehabilitation program for some of their man-eaters. Watch the video, it’s very intereseting.