Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rare gaur found dead in national park



Rare gaur found dead in national park

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Offenders (not in picture) cut off a long strip of flesh from the gaur and took both horns from its head. Environment Ministry

Rare gaur found dead in national park

Rangers from O’Som headquarters in the South Cardamom Mountains National Park and Wildlife Alliance officials found meat which came from a rare gaur in the Phnom Kravanh section of the park in Pursat province, said a ranger on Wednesday.

O’Som headquarters patrol team leader Vay Sarim told The Post on Wednesday that his working group patrolled the forest for two days with environment rangers from Wildlife Alliance.

During the patrol, they found the meat in O’Som commune’s Chhay Louk village in Veal Veng district.

“Offenders cut off a long strip of meat from the gaur and took both horns from its head. Suspects left behind samples of meat, skin, skeleton, head, shins and internal parts. The items weighed 280 kg.

“We found traps made of bicycle brake cables attached to the gaur’s shins. It can be confirmed that the gaur was trapped by illegal hunters,” Sarim said.

He said the joint patrol force collected the meat and set it on fire at the scene. Now the rangers were searching for the identities of offenders to take legal action against them.

This was the second gaur that has been found killed over the last two months. In May, Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary rangers found samples of a gaur about five years old. The gaur had been killed and its head was left behind at the wildlife sanctuary in Preah Vihear province.

Gaurs are a rare, threatened species. They were listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List in 1986. As of 2016, an estimated 21,000 gaurs live in India and Southeast Asia.

The number of gaurs has declined remarkably because of losses of shelter and poaching. Gaurs are mentioned in the first annexe of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), which regulates wildlife trade to ensure the survival of endangered species.

Ministry of Environment secretary of state and spokesman Neth Pheaktra called on all people to refrain from consuming wild animal meat. He told them not to believe that consuming it brings good health.

Pheaktra also expressed deep regret at the loss of the gaur and condemned the offenders for setting the trap. He also requested people to help the authorities identify the offenders which would allow police to take legal action.

“Snares and home-made rifles are hidden killers that wipe out wild animals every day. It is necessary to strengthen [patrols] and prevent poaching. These [hunting] tools have to be prohibited from going into natural protected areas,” he stressed.

Pheaktra said more than 10,000 snares had been removed from natural protected areas and more than 300 home-made rifles were seized in the first four months of this year.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting