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Probe body: Sundarbans tiger was not killed by poachers

  • Published at 12:36 pm August 28th, 2019
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File photo of tigers in Sundarbans Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Some 21 tigers have died between 2001 and August 20 in Sundarbans, official data states

A probe committee has confirmed that the female tiger found dead in Sundarbans East Zone on August 20 was not killed by poachers. 

The three-member committee submitted its report to the divisional forest officer on Monday night, probe body chief Md Joynal Abedin said.

However, the probe body, formed by the Forest Department, is yet to specify the cause of death. 

Samples collected from the carcass of the tiger are being tested at the Forest Department's forensic laboratory and Criminal Investigation Department laboratory to determine the actual cause of the animal's death, the Senior Lab Technician of Wildlife Crime Control Unit Kanak Roy said. 

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Lab reports will clarify the cause of death. "They will be released in the first week of September," he added. 

On August 20, Forest Department workers found the carcass of a female tiger from Chhaprakhali area under Sharankhola Range of the Sundarbans East Zone. 

The Forest Department said they had counted 114 tigers in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans through camera trapping. Some 21 tigers have died between 2001 and August 20, according to official data.