The police in Bangladesh have arrested a notorious poacher who has been on the run for 20 years. Habib Talukder, better known as Tiger Habib, is suspected of killing at least 70 Bengal tigers.
The 50-year-old man managed to stay out of the hands of the police for years by hiding in the woods next to his home. Authorities never found him combing the area. Officers got onto the man by a tip, after three warrants had been issued against him.
According to the Dhaka Tribune, Tiger Habib is considered the longest wanted fugitive in Bangladesh. He killed the dozens of Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans, a mangrove forest that stretches across Bangladesh and India. He then sold the meat, skins and bones of the animals on the international black market.
The Bengal tiger is mainly found in India and Bangladesh and is threatened with extinction. There are only a few thousand left worldwide. Local conservationists saw Tiger Habib as a threat to biodiversity in the forests and are happy that the man has been arrested.
The population of the Bengal tigers seems to be growing a little lately. In 2018, a tiger count in Bangladesh counted 114 Bengali tigers. In 2015 there were 106, writes the Dhaka Tribune.