More than 200 illegal snares have over the past two weeks been removed from the Prambei Mom Forest community area in Kampong Speu’s Thpong district.
Liv Sarum said on Thursday that patrols of the forest community in Prambei Mom commune found the traps, with 117 of them collected on Wednesday.
“We find, remove and confiscate snares almost every day, but we rarely find the hunters. Early this month we caught one poacher, but released him,” he said.
Hunting had not decreased despite numerous educational drives having been carried out and announcements made, he said.
The poachers did not only set snares in his community forest, which covers 862ha, but also in neighbouring areas. This caused further challenges for his community, which is under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, he said.