A Royal Bengal Tiger on the banks of Chuna River in Munshiganj, Satkhira on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

It entered the area in search of food, say locals

Locals on Tuesday spotted a Royal Bengal Tiger in Sundarbans near the locality for the first time in almost nine years.

The tiger was sighted on the banks of Chuna River in Munshiganj, Satkhira.

It crossed a small canal and stayed there for a while before going deep into the forest again, witnesses said. 

Locals said they heard the tiger’s roar around 11am on Tuesday and followed it and saw the tiger next to the canal. It stayed there for just a few minutes. 

They believe that the beast entered the locality in search of food and is still in the area.

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Forest Department Munshiganj Camp in-Charge Forester Anwar Hossain said: “I visited the area with members of the tiger team as soon as I was informed of the incident.

“Measures have been taken to prevent the tiger from entering the locality; locals have been asked to remain vigilant,” he added. 

Notably, the last time a Royal Bengal Tiger was spotted near a locality in Sundarbans was on July 22, 2012, in Golakhali area under Satkhira’s Shyamnagar upazila.

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