Villagers beat young tiger to death in Gulishakhali

The locals killed this tiger cub in fear of attack at Morrelganj in Bagerhat after it lost its way and entered the locality. [Photo credit: Mehedi Hasan]

Bangladesh bdnews24 reported on January 24th that locals ganged up on and encircled the young tiger beating it to death. The 6 foot 4 inch long cub was just a little over two years old, local forest official Mahmudul Hassan said.

According to the Union Parishad Chairman, Abdur Rahim Banchu, the incident took place at Gulishakhali village in Nishanbarhi. The villagers said a number of people at Gulishakhali village were injured in the attack by the tiger.

UP Chairman Rahim told bdnews24.com, “Tuku Dalal was going to paddy field with his son Masum around 7 a.m. when the tiger cub attacked Masum. Tuku screamed for help; the villagers came and rescued Masum.” Rahim said five others were also injured in the attack.

“I heard that a tiger has been killed by the villagers after they were attacked. The forest department workers brought the dead tiger to Mongla Animal Resource office for autopsy,” forestry official Mahmudul said.

He said the tiger probably came to the locality sometime during the night as the water level in Bhola River went down.

A committee was formed to investigate the tiger’s death. Mehdi Zaman, the Assistant Forest Reserve Officer of Sundarbans (North) Sadar Range, will lead the investigation.

The Wild Life Preservation Act stipulates a maximum prison term of seven years and a fine of 1 million Bangladeshi Takas (US $12,000.00) for killing tiger and elephant. The law, however, exempts killing in self-defense.

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