|An endangered bull was killed in a truck accident last Friday in Chư Mom Ray National Park in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum. — Photo kiemlam.kontum.gov.vn|
KON TUM — A seven-year-old male Bos Gaurus bull, an endangered species listed in Group IB in Việt Nam’s Red Book, was killed in a protected area in Chư Mom Ray National Park last Friday.
Đào Xuân Thủy, deputy director of the park’s management board, said the bull, weighing 800 kilos, was discovered around 5pm on Friday by forest rangers patrolling the park’s sector 677 in Sa Thầy District’s Mô Rai Commune.
They found a damaged truck not far from the dead bull at the 22-km section of Provincial Road No 674, he said. The driver Nguyễn Thanh Hùng, who was still at the scene, had been carrying rocks for construction of Provincial Road No 674.
Local authorities who conducted an investigation were not able to find any sign of hunters or trappers in the area. They confirmed that the bull was hit by the truck.
Authorities plan to give the dead bull to scientists for research purposes.
The park and the construction managers for Provincial Road No 674 have taken necessary measures to ensure the safe movement of bulls, according to Bùi Văn Quang, director of the park management board.
After the incident, the management board also strengthened patrols to ensure a safe environment for the animals living there.
The managers of the park, which protects a group of 10 bulls, is now looking for a better living environment for the bulls.
Chư Mom Ray National Park, located about 30km from Kon Tum City, has the highest level of biodiversity of any national park in Việt Nam.
The park covers an area of 56,000 hectares and features over 1,500 species of flora and about 620 species of animals.
It includes more than 100 endangered species listed in Việt Nam’s Red Book and the World Red Book. — VNS