Authorities in Battambang province arrested a man on Wednesday for possession of 30 kilograms of illegal wildlife meat and body parts, after a raid on a property turned up pieces of bear, muntjac deer and civet.
The suspect, identified as Din Nang, 37, was captured after the Forestry Administration (FA) received intelligence about his illicit activity and sent an undercover agent to his home in Samlot district’s Sung commune to attempt to purchase illegal meat from him.
“Outside the house, [Nang] runs a business selling mobile phones, but in fact, he also secretly sells many types of wild animal meat,” said FA Samlot section chief Chhay Naret.
During the raid, officials found three bear paws, weighing a total of 8 kilograms, 15 kilos of red muntjac meat and 7 kilos of civet meat.
While Naret could not say whether the bear paws came from sun bears or Asian black bears, both species are listed as “vulnerable” to becoming endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and all of the products are illegal.
According to Naret, the products were incinerated and Nang was sent to the provincial military police station to await processing by the provincial court.
Nang reportedly said he did not hunt the animals himself but bought the meat and products from hunters and sold them on.