Men prosecuted for killing Indochinese serow in Quảng Bình

Update: January, 29/2018 - 12:55
Hunter Sáng revisited the hunting site with prosecutors. — Photo
Viet Nam News

QUẢNG BÌNH — Authorities in central Quảng Bình Province last Friday prosecuted two men for killing the goat-antelope Indochinese serow, which is listed as a near threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Đoàn Thanh Bình, an officer in the Forest Rangers Department in the province’s Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, said Trần Văn Hoàn, 26, and Nguyễn Văn Sáng, 24, were prosecuted for violating the Vietnamese Penal Code for killing wild animals in protected areas.

Earlier this month, park rangers caught Hoàn and Sáng, both residents of Phong Nha Township in Bố Trạch District, killing an Indochinese serow for its meat inside the park.

An Indochinese serow. — Photo


Hoàn escaped from the scene, but after one week turned himself in at a local police station. The rangers weighed the butchered Indochinese serow and estimated the mammal was about 58kg. They also seized the hunters’ traps and tools.

Indochinese serow, which has the scientific name of Capricornis milneedwardsii maritimus, is a species native to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Việt Nam. The mammal is listed on the red list of IUCN due to a decrease in its population caused by its narrowing habitat and being hunted for its meat and antlers.

Phong Nha Township, located in a buffer zone near the park, houses many residents who made their livings from hunting and tree logging, prior to the rise of tourism at local cave systems, which lifted the local economy. — VNS