Niphon Chamnongsirisak, director of Protected Area Regional Office 3 (Ban Pong), said on Wednesday that he was informed that 10 staff went on patrol in the area from January 8 to 11 after they received a report that there was a group of people illegally hunting in the national park near the Thailand-Myanmar border.
At around 10am on Sunday, the team reached the park – only three to four kilometres from the border. They noticed smoke and promptly headed to the scene. However, a dog barked at their presence, alerting five suspects, who escaped into the forest.
The team found tiger meat on a grill while the pelts of two tigers were hanging out to dry. The unit also discovered four weapons and 29 other items at the campsite.
On Tuesday, just as park officials were inspecting the seized items, there was a call from a man named Pom to park staff asking that they return a Winchester shotgun. Pom claimed the shotgun belonged to a defence volunteer named Boonthin. The conversation is being investigated.
On Wednesday, the park team took the tiger corpses, weapons and other items to Pilok police station so officers could investigate and hopefully nab the suspects.
Published : January 13, 2022
By : THE NATION