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Bangladesh police arrest poacher accused of killing 70 Bengal tigers, who have been on the run for 20 years

It is an arrest which will relieve all animal and nature lovers. Bangladesh police have found a poacher who has been wanted for nearly 20 years in the south of the country, where he is said to have killed some 70 Bengal tigers, an endangered species.

Habib Talukder, nicknamed “Bagh Shikari” (tiger hunter), who was a legend in the south of the country, was arrested last weekend. The 50-year-old poacher was “difficult” to catch because he lived on the edge of a forest where he fled every time law enforcement went downhill, the chief of staff said Monday. local police, Saidur Rahman.

“We had been trying to corner him for a long time. A tip finally allowed us to achieve this and send him to prison, ”said the officer. The individual’s hunting grounds were the Sunderban mangroves, which stretch 10,000 km from India to Bangladesh, and are home to one of the largest populations of Bengal tigers in the world.

This hunter, “a threat to biodiversity”

The poacher began his career collecting honey in the forest before hunting the big cat whose skin, bones and even flesh sell for a high price on the black market. “We respect him as much as we are afraid of him”, admits Abdus Salam, hunter of honey, “he is a dangerous man capable of fighting alone with Mama (the tiger) in the forest”.

The forestry department of Bangladesh had only 106 Bengal tigers in 2015, compared to 440 specimens in 2004. By 2019, the population had increased to 114 individuals thanks to a strong crackdown on poaching and banditry in this region.

For the regional conservator of forests, Mainuddin Khan, the news of the arrest of this criminal is a “relief”. “It gave us serious headaches”, he confided, “it represented a great threat to the biodiversity of the forest”.

Instead of counting from fingerprint readings, cameras equipped with motion detectors are used. In 2015, there were 2,226 individuals between India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Burma. Poaching and the destruction of its natural habitat are believed to be the main causes of the decline in the number of tigers. In India, due to deforestation, tensions are growing.

Some 225 people were killed in tiger attacks between 2014 and 2019, according to government data. For their part, animals also suffer violence from humans. More than 200 tigers were killed in India by poachers or electrocution between 2012 and 2018, according to these data.

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