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Tiger poaching continues in Sundarbans

  • Published at 12:22 pm July 30th, 2018
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File photo of tigers in Sundarbans Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

Seventy-four tigers have reportedly died in the last 38 years

The number of the Royal Bengal Tiger continues to plunge as poaching of the majestic beast continues in the Sundarbans.

Seventy-four tigers have reportedly died in the last 38 years. Some of them died during natural calamities, while others were either killed by poachers or the locals.

But the poaching ring leaders are nowhere to be found.

In the last 18 years, 330 people have died in tiger attacks in the Sundarbans, former conservator of forest (wildlife) Tapan Kumar Dey told a discussion Sunday, quoting Bangladesh Tiger Preservation report.

During the same period, 31 tigers were killed by men while 13 others died due to old age complications.

Tiger census took place seven times since Bangladesh’s independence, according to the Forest Department. In 1971, Sundarbans had 320 tigers. The number rose to 350 in 1975. In 1980, the number was between 430 and 450. 

The next census took place in 1992 when the number of tigers was put at 359. In 1993, the number was 362. The next census took place in 2004 when the tiger number was found to be 440. 

But according to the last census in 2015, the number has dropped to 106. The result of last year’s camera trapping will be available next year.

Forest Conservator of Bangladesh Forest Department Zahidul Kabir said the government has undertaken various steps to increase the number of tigers. “We are trying to preserve the current number of tigers. If we succeed, their number will increase,” he said.

International Tiger Day was observed on July 29 across the world.