Dead Gaurs in Kui Buri national park

25 Dec 2013 22:55 - 25 Dec 2013 23:02 #1558 by onflipflops
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Just a couple of days ago I got to see a herd of Gaur in Khao Yai, it had been a while since my last sighting, so was happy to see them again. But when back home, I read the terrible news from Kui Buri national park. 13 Gaurs found dead, thought to have died from poisoning or disease, it is still not sure how it happened, and more Gaurs might still be at risk.

www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/386365/...-cause-of-gaur-death

Today it was shown again in a news broadcast, still no clue what has happened. Let's hope they soon find out before any more deaths occur.

In the same news broadcast, a 'home video' was shown of some crazy lunatic (that's my opinion...) was hitting a wild Serow that, from what I understood, had wandered out of the forest into a farm area, I believe in Saraburi.
Very disturbing to look at. After several times being hit with some sort of stick in its face and on its legs the animal fell and you see the guy raise the stick high above his head to hit the animal at full power on its body. Absolutely disgusting, but the 'good' news is that the guy was arrested. When watching this behaviour I loose faith in mankind...

But lets end with a positive note on the first Christmas day. Last week I visited a very small temple North of Pak Chong. Just to look at some small, but pretty waterfalls. One of the three resident monks showed us around and told he had seen Serow several times. I thought he was maybe talking about sightings of 20 years ago, but it turned out that just a month or so ago he even saw a young fawn. Besides Serow, he had seen paw marks of bear, never in real life though.
This area is not within nor near a national park, just some forested limestone mountains. Good to hear non-protected areas like that are still inhabited by wildlife. I more or less assumed any animal larger than a squirrel would have been wiped out by locals in these kind of areas. My wrong. It would actually be interesting to research these areas with camera traps to learn more about the wildlife inhabiting these areas.

Excuse me for the long post ;).

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26 Dec 2013 09:11 #1559 by Xenocrab
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Impossible to believe that personal conflict between two officials could have anything to these gaur deaths at Kui Buri.

Gaur deaths spur park chief transfer

www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/386701/...-park-chief-transfer


It would seem to me that by removing senior people who know the area and local community - you reduce the possibility of a successful conclusion to any investigation. I am guessing this will be another one of those cases which fades away without any perpetrator being found, let alone arrested, tried and convicted in court. In which case this could happen again, but things could be a lot worse e.g. a whole herd of elephants poisoned, which would undo all the good work that has made Kui Buri NP the high profile park where visitors are almost guaranteed to see wildlife.

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26 Dec 2013 12:43 - 26 Dec 2013 12:59 #1561 by admin
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On the serow topic, this is the video. I am in no doubt the guy was trying to kill it.

The incident occurred at the big TPI cement factory before Khao Yai.



The Nation has a much more balanced article on both stories at Nation Gaur and Serow coverage .

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26 Dec 2013 21:27 #1562 by onflipflops
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Thanks for sharing the Nation's article. It clarifies a lot.

And for some reason it makes me believe that the guy trying to kill the Serow might have been ordered to do so by his superiors. I can't see what's in it for him. The only one that profits from serow-less limestone mountains is the cement factory. But I might be wrong...

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30 Dec 2013 22:41 #1567 by Bagheera
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Horrendous news, lets hope that this is an isolated incident and that the new year will bring justice to the perpetrators..

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17 Jan 2014 11:52 - 21 Jan 2014 10:14 #1619 by admin
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The Nation has a well written follow-up on the story today, still no confirmation of cause CLICK HERE .

I do like the fact The Nation reports news like this in a neutral and factual manner. Just as journalism should be.

ADDENDUM : additional coverage HERE

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17 Jan 2014 20:30 #1620 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: Dead Gaurs in Kui Buri national park
Good to hear the park officials are monitoring the Gaur herds and know about the herds that are foraging in the same area where these deaths occurred.
What if this 90 Gaur herd would be lost as well...
Let's pray they get to the bottom of this and solve the causes.

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21 Jan 2014 10:10 #1625 by Paul TW
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Another update from the Nation CLICK HERE stating that the number has now risen to 23.

The Bangkok Post also carries a similar "report", but with their usual twist of innuendo and opinion.

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18 Feb 2014 16:13 - 18 Feb 2014 16:19 #1710 by Paul TW
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Thai Rath Article

Seems they now think its a bacterial infection ( Clostridium novyi ) - but still not 100% conclusive. Their issue now is that if it is, how to eradicate it?

Sadly the Google translate is not very good.

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18 Feb 2014 19:07 #1711 by jonathanbkk
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Makes you wonder if it was brought in by the re-introduction of some of the hog nosed deer population or the ongoing construction work near the grasslands

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18 Feb 2014 19:50 #1712 by onflipflops
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Well, I hoped it would be a natural cause, and not human intervention for whatever reason.
Though, of course that is never ruled out.

Hopefully it won't affect more animals, lets hope their immune system will take care of it before it's too late.

Thanks for the update. Good to hear the media is still a bit on it.

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26 Feb 2014 06:40 - 26 Feb 2014 08:07 #1723 by Paul TW
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Seems everything is getting back to normal and Khun Prawatsart Chanthep, the former head of Huai Yang Waterfall National Park has been appointed Chief at Kui Buri National Park - The Nation Story

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26 Feb 2014 11:21 #1725 by onflipflops
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The park remains closed for an undefined period of time.
I still haven't been to Kui Buri, and hope to visit as soon as it re-opens.

Don't know what to think of all this news; the moving around of the park chiefs.
Let's hope protection of the parks and its wildlife will be more important to them than personal gain...

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26 Feb 2014 14:59 #1726 by Jos-
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Bangkokpost today:

"Life after death at the Kui Buri National Park"

Read more.. www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/interview/397001/

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09 Mar 2014 14:27 - 09 Mar 2014 14:29 #1755 by Paul TW
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Looks as though Kui Buri will remain closed until they can be assured it is eradicated fully ...... Foot and Mouth

"Since it is believed that the foot-and-mouth disease might have been transmitted from a wild animal that was returned to nature without the knowledge of the authorities, she said the public and relevant agencies would be warned to no longer release animals without proper screening."

Source: Foot and according to DNP

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09 Mar 2014 15:43 #1757 by Xenocrab
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Wonder what will happen to the 'fall guys'? the DNP and local officials who were accused of conflict and unjustly blamed?

I reckon they need an apology and reinstating.

If disease was accidentally introduced via a reintroduction - learn from it and don't let mistakes like that happen again. Screen reintroduced wildlife, vaccinate them and track what happens post release. IUCN have some well thought out guidelines
data.iucn.org/dbtw-wpd/edocs/2013-009.pdf

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