After a 20-year search, a man suspected to have killed at least 70 extremely endangered tigers has been arrested by Bangladeshi authorities last weekend as reported by the Dhaka Tribune.
Habib Talukder was arrested by Sharankhola police who had previously issued an arrest warrant for him in three cases. In total, he is accused in nine different cases of Forest crimes, and the newspaper reports that Habib confessed to the Forest department to the killing of the tigers.
The poacher operated for numerous years in Sundarbans mangrove forest, right between the border of India and Bangladesh.
“He secretly entered the Sundarbans and hunted wild animals despite being banned from entering the forest long ago. He has been carrying out these criminal activities even though there are multiple cases against him… some powerful gangs are involved in this,” Sharankhola Station Officer Md Abdul Mannan told the Dhaka Tribune.
An estimate in 2018 puts the number of Bengal tigers in the forest at around 114, between a third and a fifth of all the Bengal tigers present in Bangladesh.
Thanks to the work of conservationists this endangered species has slowly increased its numbers over the last decade, with possibly up to 3,346 individuals in the wild. While this work gives hope, the future for these animals remains uncertain and the progress can easily be pushed back.
[h/t: Dhaka Tribune]
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