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.
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.
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.
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...