Poacher Suspected Of Killing 70 Endangered Tigers Arrested In Bangladesh.

'Tiger Habib', Wanted For Killing 70 Tigers, Arrested In Bangladesh

Bengal tigers are unique for being able to live, hunt in mangroves' brackish water (Representational)

Dhaka:

Bangladesh police have arrested a notorious poacher wanted for 20 years and believed to have killed around 70 endangered Bengal tigers.

Local police chief Saidur Rahman said that Habib Talukder -- nicknamed "Tiger Habib" -- lived next to the forest and would flee whenever officers raided the area.

"Acting on a tip-off, we finally succeeded and sent him to jail," he told AFP.

Talukder's hunting ground was the vast Sunderbans mangrove forest region straddling India and Bangladesh that is home to one of the world's largest populations of Bengal tigers.

The cats' pelts, bones and even the flesh would be bought by black market traders who would sell them in China and elsewhere.

Talukder, 50, started out collecting honey from wild bees in the forest and became a local legend for his exploits hunting the big cats and avoiding arrest.

"We equally respect him and are scared of him," said local honey hunter Abdus Salam.

"He's a dangerous man who could fight alone with Mama (tiger) inside the forest."

Bengal tigers are unique among big cats in being able to live and hunt in the brackish water of the mangrove forests. They are adept swimmers.

According to the Bangladesh Forest Department, the Bengal tiger population fell to a record low of 106 in 2015 from 440 in 2004.

As of 2019, the population had crept up to 114 thanks to a crackdown on poaching and banditry in the region.

Regional forest conservation officer Mainuddin Khan said that the news of Talukder's arrest had brought "sighs of relief".

"He was a big headache for us. He posed a great threat to the forest's biodiversity," he told AFP.

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