Endangered banteng still dying from illegal trapping and hunting

The Ministry of Environment has stated since the beginning of this year at least 10 banteng have died in Cambodia’s protected areas due to traps and hunting.

The news came after ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said yesterday a male banteng was found dead in Sorng Rukhavorn, Oddar Meanchey province wildlife sanctuary on Saturday.

“According to the examination and conclusions from rangers, head of the Monks Community Forest and the local authority, the banteng had died of a gunshot wound several days before it was found,” he said.

Mr Pheaktra said the death of the banteng brings the figures for known unnatural deaths of the species to 10 nationally.

He said this includes seven death from hunting and trapping in Kampong Speu and Oddar Meanchey, three deaths due to hunting in the area close to Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary and in Mondulkiri province’s Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary.

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