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Contraband venison, deer heads seized in Bagerhat

  • Published at 10:51 am August 26th, 2020
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File photo of Chitra Deer in the Sundarbans Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Forest officers recovered 42kg of venison, three deer heads, 12 deer legs, a machete, and a trap used for catching deer

Officers of the Forest Department in a drive recovered 42kg of venison, three deer heads, and 12 deer legs from Marapashur Canal of the Sundarbans in Bagerhat district on Tuesday.

Tipped-off, a team of forest officers conducted the drive in the area under Chandpai range Tuesday afternoon and challenged a boat carrying five people, said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the Sundarbans East Zone Belayet Hossain.

Caught off-guard by the forest officers, the suspected poachers abandoned the boat and fled the scene, leaving behind the contraband items, he added.

Later, forest officers recovered 42kg of venison, three deer heads, and 12 deer legs from the scene along with a machete, and a trap used for catching deer.

Despite preservation commitments and a total ban on killing or capturing wildlife in the Sundarbans, there is a consistent pattern of depleted biodiversity or loss of species which is declining the ecological quality of the forest, according to experts.