From: Reuters
Published December 18, 2007 08:06 AM

Bangladeshis kill tiger near depleted forest

KHULNA, Bangladesh (Reuters) - A female tiger in Bangladesh wandered out of a mangrove forest on Tuesday and was

surrounded by villagers and killed, officials said.

Four people were injured in the confrontation with the Royal Bengal tiger, an endangered species. Villagers attacked it with weapons as a woman shouted for help in panic when she spotted the animal stalking near her home, officials said.

"The tigress might have strayed into the village in search of food," said Sundarbans mangrove forest official Amalendra Shaha.

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The forest was depleted of food by Cyclone Sidr, which struck the Bangladesh coast on November 15 with winds of 155 mph and killed about 3,500 people and made millions homeless.

The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Royal Bengal tiger.

At least 60 percent of the 2,320 sq mile mangrove swamps that lies within Bangladesh, home for more than 400 Royal Bengal tigers, was devastated by the cyclone.

The Sundarbans stretch for a further 1,545 sq miles into India's eastern state of West Bengal.

(Reporting by Enamul Haque; Writing by Nizam Ahmed; Editing by Grant McCool)

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