Eight Cameras installed in the Sundarbans to count tigers have reportedly been stolen.
Cameras have been installed in this ongoing Sundarbans tiger census 2023 since January.
Burigoalini Forest Station Officer of West Sundarbans Satkhira Range of Forest Department Noor Alam said that 376 cameras have already been installed in the Satkhira range.
Among them, eight cameras installed in the Notabenki Sanctuary in the Sundarbans are missing.
However, he could not tell when the cameras were stolen.
Satkhira Range Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) AKM Iqbal Hossain Chowdhury confirmed the matter.
He said the theft of cameras installed for tiger counting in the Sundarbans is surprising. However, efforts to get to the bottom of the incident are ongoing.
The Forest Department started setting up a total of 1,330 cameras at 665 spots in the Sundarbans to count tigers, deer and pigs, in the first week of January.
There are 3,840 tigers in 13 countries of the world.
In 2015 the number of tigers in the Sundarbans was 106, and in 2018 that number went up to 114. Of these, 63 are mature, 18 are between the ages of 12-14 months, and 33 are cubs.