11 July 2024

Park rangers have found the carcass of an adult guar, believed to have been poached for its meat, near a lake in the compound of a housing estate close to Khao Yai National Park in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Chief of the park, Chaiya Huayhongtong, told Thai PBS today (Monday) that he thinks that the female guar had ventured out of its normal habitat to forage for food near the lake in Pak Chong district.

He said a gunshot wound was found on the beast, but there was no trace of the bullet, adding that he believes that the guar might have been killed by an illegal hunter or workers on the housing estate.

The meat from all four legs had been removed, he added.

A similar incident occurred about four years ago and a suspected hunter was arrested by paramilitary rangers.

Chaiya said that guar meat was being sold illegally at a market in Wang Nam Khieu district several years ago, at up to 150 baht per kilogramme.