By The Nation
The local people in Ban Khao Phaeng Ma of Wang Nam Khieo district reported on Sunday that they found two big gaurs dead in the forest near Khao Phaeng Ma wildlife sanctuary. Each full-grown adult would have weighed over 1,000 kilograms when killed.
The first carcass had been carved up, with only skin and a head left behind, while the second body was still intact and believed to be a male.
Officers of Khao Phaeng Ma wildlife sanctuary inspected the remains of the rare wild animals and quickly notified police already in the hope of bringing the killers to justice.
On Thursday, the carcass of a 10-year-old, 1.2-tonne wild gaur was found in a cassava field near Khao Phaeng Ma wildlife sanctuary. The cassava farmer said he shot and killed the gaur after it broke into the plantation and destroyed the crop.
Police suspect that the motive was also related to the increasingly violent conflict between wild gaurs and local farmers.