One local said, “he’s a dangerous man who could fight alone with tigers inside the forest.”
The infamous poacher is believed to have poached over 70 rare Bengal tigers in his lifetime. After 20 years of looking for him, he has finally been caught by the Bangladesh police.
Because of his infamous huntings, Habib Talukdar got the nickname of “Tiger Habib.” The local authorities confirm that he had been hiding for decades.
Habib had been operating near the India-Bangladesh border in the Sundarbans mangrove forests and had been one of the “Most Wanted” people by the police and forestry officers.
The 50-year-old poacher was always managing to run away when police officers raided the area to catch him.
“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 [tigers] inside the forest.”
Finally, on June 1, police managed to catch Talukder in his home located in the Madhya Sonatola village.
“He secretly entered the Sundarbans and hunted wild animals despite being banned from entering the forest long ago,” Sharankhola Station Officer Md Abdul Mannan told Dhaka Tribune.
“He has been carrying out these criminal activities even though there are multiple cases against him,” Mannan added. “Some powerful gangs are involved in this … He was on the run for a long time.”
According to the reports by BBC, the demand for Bengal tigers is quite high in the black market, which makes money by trafficking their bones, pelts, and flesh all over the world.
Reports from the World Wildlife Foundation show us that only 4,000 Royal Bengal tigers are remaining in this world.
Talukder alone managed to terrorize the region’s wildlife. Getting captured can provide the caretakers of the local wildlife some relief.
“He had a big headache. He posed a great threat to the forest’s biodiversity,” regional forest conservation officer Mainuddin Khan told AFP.