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Poaching in Khao Laem NP, Kanchanaburi

08 Sep 2021 14:11 #5669 by BKKBen
Another poaching case hits the news: 

www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/217...ec5ipblQZgtGeaxJCLbw

The report regarding the species found is likely inaccurate, as Black Hornbills at Khao Laem would be a significant range expansion I think. Probably Oriental Pied Hornbill.

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14 Jan 2022 12:32 #5730 by NN
Interestingly there's another article about poaching that also seems inaccurate. They list Bengal tigers as being poached, but I thought it was Indochinese tigers in that area? Also them being easily poached, yet difficult to shoot in camera traps and how all five poachers managed to escape is all a little too convenient. Maybe there is a planned budget increase or some other activities in the area coming up? www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/224...st-5-suspects-escape

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14 Jan 2022 13:05 - 14 Jan 2022 13:15 #5731 by Paul T
Replied by Paul T on topic Poaching in Khao Laem NP, Kanchanaburi

Interestingly there's another article about poaching that also seems inaccurate. They list Bengal tigers as being poached, but I thought it was Indochinese tigers in that area? 


 


Its a complicated subject, its wrong but its not wrong at the same time :+) The following document created the issue:

repository.si.edu/bitstream/handle/10088...quence=1&isAllowed=y

To break it down the re-assesment did away with "Corbetti" and revised it to "tigris tigris" (same as Bengal) but a study by other scientists backs the reinstatement of corbetti as a sub-species, we will have to wait until science reaches and agreeable consensus on this. I am on the side of reinstatement from my own readings on the subject. Even Wikipedia notes its an issue to be resolved. It may take a long time though, others will remember how it was years before we heard about what we thought was a certain species of langur actually being another species but the change in taxonomy was not widely known until 9 years after the genomic finding was completed.
 

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14 Jan 2022 13:28 #5733 by NN
There was also a report of a dog being killed by a tiger close by recently, it said they found a 10 year old male tiger, but didn't elaborate. If this was true, could it have been old and taking the dog as easy prey? There's a wildlife quarantine facility in Nakhon Nayok with several Bengal tigers. A worker there told me people take them as pets, but can't afford the food bills so they give them up. Is it possible some people are just releasing them instead?

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