Vol. 5 Num 1086 Thu. June 21, 2007  

Forest guards fire at killer tiger in Mongla

Forest guards fired 30 shots on Tuesday to kill the Royal Bengal Tiger that killed an old woman and 52 cows and goats at Baiddyamari and adjoining villages in Mongla upazila in last few days.

Forest guards opened fire when the tiger was seen going away with a cow from Baiddyamari village. But neither the tiger escaped with its prey.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) S M Shahidullah of East Wing of Sundarban Forest Division (SFD) said forest guards opened fire out of panic, not to kill the tiger.

Special teams have been formed with forest guards and local people to prevent the tiger from entering human habitats near the Sundarbans.

According to census conducted by SFD in 2004, there were a total of 419 tigers in the Sundarbans. Of these, 147 were in Khulna Range, 112 in Satkhira Range, 97 in Swarankhola Range and 63 in Chandpai Range.

DFO Shahidullah told this correspondent yesterday that 'severe food crisis' is the main reason for which tigers enter human habitations.

Tigers like dear, monkey, mongoose and different species reptiles as food, which have become scarce in the forest, the DFO said.

None has legal right to kill a tiger, he said.