Kata Rocks
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Man caught in park with dismembered black bear

Man caught in park with dismembered black bear

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Forest rangers have arrested a 52-year-old man in possession of the dismembered carcass of an Asian black bear, a dead civet and a long-barrelled shotgun and ammunition.

animalscrimepolicedeath
By Bangkok Post

Monday 19 March 2018, 12:06PM


The head, paws and meat of a black bear, a dead civet, and shotgun and ammunition seized from suspected poacher Somjit Boonkong, 52. Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem

The head, paws and meat of a black bear, a dead civet, and shotgun and ammunition seized from suspected poacher Somjit Boonkong, 52. Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem

Photos of the dead animals circulated on social media and sparked a frenzy of demands that authorities take the case seriously.

Col Somcharn Pinkhanngern, chief of Ao Noi Police Station, said the arrest was made on Saturday (Mar 17) by Kui Buri National Park rangers who, while on patrol, came across two men acting suspiciously.

One of them fled into the forest but the other, identified as Somjit Boonkong, 52, a resident of tambon Ao Noi in Muang district, was detained. In his backpack the rangers found a bear head, two bear paws, meat and a gutted dead civet.

He was carrying a shotgun, ammunition, two hunting headlamps, a hammock and other items.

The rangers suspect the man who fled had the rest of the bear and possibly the carcasses of other animals.

Somjit was initially charged with illegal hunting of wildlife and having dead wildlife in his possession without permission or good cause.

Cassia Phuket

Maj Gen Pattana Phetsyanawin, chief of Prachuap Khiri Khan police, said police knew the identity of the other man and would seek a court warrant for his arrest, and he would be caught.

He said wildlife poaching is a sensitive issue following the arrest of construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta in the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary last month.

Asian black bears are protected under the 1992 Wildlife Protection Act. An adult bear is 1.2 - 1.5 metres long and can weigh 150-160 kilograms.

Illegal possession of the carcass of a wild animal carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and/or a fine of B10,000.

Read original story here.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Bindholt | 19 March 2018 - 15:44:25

Will have to follow these two cases closely 

Kurt | 19 March 2018 - 14:25:24

Great! Now we can witness how Thai justice works in 2 similar cases.
On this khun Somjit, and on khun Premchai.
We wait and see.
In the mean time khun Somjit is in detention, and khun Premchai flys free as a bird abroad as he wish. Get even wai of the highest police general and get thanked for passing by at police station.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket unemployment jumps 34% as virus fallout bites

A job market event with more than 40 vacancies to offer? How much more? Available for 1000 registere...(Read More)


Worst yet to come: Wuhan flu fallout to cost Phuket B9bn in March, says PSU expert

There are no scientific 'expectations' that this virus epidemic will be contained by April....(Read More)


Phuket Immigration confirms 24-hour reporting lifted for more foreigners, 90-day reports remain unchanged

Projected on the 200,000 not registered workers in Rassada only, thus for sure a 0.5 million at leas...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration confirms 24-hour reporting lifted for more foreigners, 90-day reports remain unchanged

So, 6.18 means that Retirees living permanent in Thailand do not have to do any longer the TM-28 re...(Read More)


Worst yet to come: Wuhan flu fallout to cost Phuket B9bn in March, says PSU expert

Well, a step back, and a clean up in Phuket tourist industry is ok. It will 'refresh' the i...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration confirms 24-hour reporting lifted for more foreigners, 90-day reports remain unchanged

The Thai Government should feel Shame when they never can do anything correct in the first place. T...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration confirms 24-hour reporting lifted for more foreigners, 90-day reports remain unchanged

Is the 24 hour reporting exempt for International Travel too? Or just within Thailand? This is not...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration confirms 24-hour reporting lifted for more foreigners, 90-day reports remain unchanged

Unfortunately the online report NOT work since many month or years. After the 1st page you get a mes...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration confirms 24-hour reporting lifted for more foreigners, 90-day reports remain unchanged

So, just more confusion then? This day that order signed by that guy on another day... meantime the ...(Read More)