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Sundarbans under red alert to stop poaching, trafficking of wildlife

  • Published at 07:41 am February 8th, 2021
File photo of tigers in Sundarbans Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

The red alert was issued after recent incidents of poaching and trafficking of wildlife, including tigers and deer

A red alert has been issued across Sundarbans to stop poaching and trafficking of wildlife, including the Royal Bengal Tiger and deer, from the enlisted UNESCO world heritage site.

Confirming that matter to Dhaka Tribune on Monday, Khulna Zone Forest Conservator Moinuddin Khan said the entire Sundarban region has been brought under the red alert to prevent any such illegal activities.

Earlier on Thursday, the Forest Department issued a red alert for the east zone of the mangrove forest following arrests of poachers with tiger and deer skins, and venison. 

The Forest Department also instructed all the stations, camps, and outposts to enforce the red alert.

“The forest rangers have been given strict instructions to perform their duties. In addition, instructions have been given to intensify patrols inside the forest,” Sundarbans East Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Mohammad Belayet Hossain said.

Last month, RAB and the Forest Department jointly arrested a poacher along with tiger skin from Sarankhola in Bagerhat.

At the same time, a temporary ban has also been imposed on the movement of small dinghy boats in the forest and the Forest Department has also announced to revoke all kinds of pass and permits for entry into the forest. 

“All the fishermen and foresters, who are staying inside the forest with pass and permits, have already been instructed to come out,” he added.

Deer and tiger poaching in the Sunderbans has increased recently at an alarming rate as poachers have become desperate.

Till February 7, the Forest Department and law enforcement agencies in separate drives arrested 14 poachers and recovered 140kg venison, 19 deerskin, 4 deer heads, and one dead deer. 

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