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Reza, A.H.M.A.; Feeroz, M.M.; Islam, M.A.
Man-tiger interaction in the Bangladesh Sundarbans
2002  Bangladesh J.Life Sci. (14): 75-82

A study was conducted on the man-tiger interaction in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. The study was based on the records registered by the Bangladesh Forest Department and field visits between January 1999 and June 2001. A total of 401 people (about 24 people per year) was killed by the tigers whereas 41 tigers (about 3 tigers per year) were killed by humans during 1984 to 2000. From January 1999 to March 2000, a total of 6 tigers was killed by humans. Most people were killed in the Burigoalini (45%) and Sarankhola (24%) ranges. Fishermen (44%), woodcutters (36%) and honey collectors (18%) comprised the bulk of tiger victims. Age groups of 26-35 yrs (38%) and 36-45 yrs (30%) were most vulnerable for tiger attacks in the Sundarbans. Most of the respondents (95%) of the questionnaires believed that the Sundarbans is an ideal habitat for the tiger whereas more than 75% respondents wanted to conserve tiger in its natural habitat in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. About 50% respondents had no idea about the Bangladesh Wildlife (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 and more than 45% feel that Bangladesh Forest Department should be better equipped for tiger management in the Bangladesh Sundarbans.

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