Four alleged poachers of rare Sumatran tigers nabbed in Indonesia's Aceh

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JAKARTA, June 22 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian police have arrested four people believed to be poachers of critically endangered Sumatran tigers.

The police have also been hunting another man who, along with the four arrested, is part of a wildlife trafficking ring in Aceh province situated in the northern tip of Sumatra Island, the Provincial Police's Spokesman Senior Commissioner Margiyanta said on Monday.

"The four suspected poachers ensnared the tiger in a trap and the animal was left to die," he told a press briefing.

During the press conference the police displayed a tiger hide, teeth and bones seized from the alleged poachers.

In addition to the tiger's body parts, teeth and a bone of a sun bear were also confiscated from the four men, Margiyanta said,

The four men were captured on Wednesday in Pante Bidadari sub-district in Aceh Timur district, the spokesman was quoted by local media as saying.

According to TRAFFIC, a global wildlife trade monitoring network, around 80 percent of the Sumatran tiger deaths were caused by poaching.

The tiger subspecies was classified as critically endangered in 2008 as its population was forecast at 441 to 679 individuals.

Indonesia, a vast archipelagic nation, is known as one of the most species-rich countries as its large area of rainforests is home to numerous species spreading over 17,500 islands. Enditem

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