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16 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Dwindling tiger population

Dwindling tiger population

The sight of the big cat in the Sundarbans is becoming rare due to the fast decline in the tiger population resulting from unabated poaching. This is raising doubts about the survival prospects of this majestic animal in the world’s biggest mangrove forest. According to a report of this newspaper on Wednesday, against this backdrop, the Department of Forest and Wild Team, a non-government conservation organisation, jointly started a two-month census of the endangered tiger population in the Sundarbans for the third time.

That the number of tigers is declining fast in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans should not be taken lightly. There were only 106 tigers in Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans, according to a tiger census report of 2015. Why this alarming decline in the number of tigers? The Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans is bigger than the Indian one in terms of acreage. But the number of tigers dwelling in the Indian part has outnumbered the tigers living Bangladesh part of the forest. The number of tigers in our part of the forest should have been much more than the Indian one. But the reverse is occurring. It is very unfortunate.

At least 50 tigers have died in the Sundarbans between 2001 and 2018. Indiscriminate poaching of tigers is mainly responsible for the decline in tiger population. Over the past few years, tigers have been falling victim to mindless human cruelty. Since the hides and skins and other organs of tiger have great demand in the local and the international markets, a section of greedy people are engaged in killing tigers. Some dishonest forest department officials are abetting the crime in exchange for hefty bribes. On the other hand, due to shortage of food tigers are migrating to the Indian part of the forest.

Conservation of forest animals is being strictly followed in India unlike in Bangladesh. So, tigers have a safe sanctuary there. Besides, there are other factors that have contributed to decline in tiger population.  Movement of vessels inside the Sundarbans, setting up of heavy industries adjacent to forests, climate change and filling up of the rivers are greatly responsible for dwindling in the number of tigers. Tigers, our valuable national asset, should be conserved at all costs. At first poaching of tigers must be stopped. Steps should also be taken so that the natural habitats of tigers are not destroyed due to human intervention.  

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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