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Trying Hard to Spot Stripes in the Jungles of Bali

Conservation Officials in Bali Deployed to Island's West Following Reports of Tiger Sightings.

(8/16/2010) Officials from Bali's Natural Conservation Agency (BKSDA) have been stationed in the jungle surrounding the sub-district of West Selemadeg, Tabanan following reported sightings of a tiger attacking local livestock and household pets. [See: And the Tigers Come at Night].

Speaking to the national news agency Antara, Nyoman Raka of BKSDA told reporters, "I have been assigned to observe the Dauh Siong jungle area following reports of tigers in the area." Raka is one of two officials assigned, together with his colleague Made Sudarma, to monitor developments in the communities of Dauh Siong and Nagasari.

BKSDA is also conducting sweeps in the two locations where the tiger or tigers are believed to be living. A jungle blind has also been constructed to assist the officials in their efforts to locate the tigers.

Efforts to track down the tigers have yielded tracks that have been documented.

Various reports have alleged that the BKSDA released juvenile tigers into the Tabanan area several years ago and suggest that the current sighting are linked to that release and the diminishing habitat available to the big cats.

While pets and livestock have been attacked, no attacks on the human population in west Bali have been reported.

The last confirmed sighting of the now-extinct Bali tiger was in 1937 when the last animal was shot in west Bali.