“The left front leg of the barking deer, which is a protected animal, was found caught in a snare laid by local hunters at the coordinate 0418412E and 1600757N, which is roughly 700 metres outside the sanctuary border,” he said.
“It took the officials around 20 minutes to remove the snare and release the barking deer back into the forest unharmed.”
Sathit added that locals residing in the areas adjacent to the sanctuary border usually laid such snares to catch small animals for food or sale.
“Normally the barking deer will avoid going outside the sanctuary, but this year’s dry season has forced them to look in a wider area for food and water,” he said.
“Even outside the sanctuary, the hunting of barking deer is illegal. Officials will search for the persons who laid the snare and file charges.”
Sathit added that the sanctuary would send officials to nearby communities to make them aware about protected animals and forest conservation to prevent such incidents from happening.
Published : March 22, 2021
By : THE NATION