TIGER SHOOTING ARRESTS; CATTLE PROTECTION CLAIMS

Four men wanted for killing two Bengal tigers found skinned, their meat cooking on a grill, in a jungle camp in Kanchanaburi Province near the Myanmar border have surrendered to police.

The men said the tigers had preyed regularly on their cattle, so they used a dead cow the big cats had killed as bait and shot them with borrowed guns, according to police.

Police and national park officials boarded a van to pick up the four suspects at a road checkpoint before going to a police station for further interrogation.

TIGER SHOOTING ARRESTS; CATTLE PROTECTION CLAIMS

Earlier, national park officials had told reporters there were five suspects in the killing of the two tigers. Police said later there were four suspects, not five.

During questioning, the four men told police that they raised cattle for a living. During the past two months, tigers had killed and eaten about 20 cows belonging to them and other local farmers.

They felt they had no choice but to put an end to it. They used the carcass of a cow killed by the tigers as bait, and lay in wait for them. They only wanted to get rid of the tigers killing their cattle, they said. They had no other motive.

They told the police that they had borrowed shotguns issued to some defence volunteers.