Thailand: Truck-hit Gaur dies of internal bleeding
5th December 2017;

A male Gaur (Bos gaurus) which was hit and seriously injured by a truck in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong district on Monday (Dec 4) has died from internal bleeding, according to a team of veterinarians of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

The Gaur, which weighed about one tonne, was hit by a truck early on Monday on the old Mitrapap Highway in front of the army’s ordnance depot in Pak Chong district.

The animal had strayed about 40 kilometres out of Khao Yai National Park.

After being hit, the Gaur hid in a roadside bush. Park officials gave the animal a tranquilising shot and brought it out for medical treatment.

The veterinarians revealed that the Gaur died on Dec 5 from internal bleeding. An autopsy showed its lungs had been torn up from the violent impact.

Source: Thai PBS

Gaur seriously injured by car crash outside Khao Yai Park

4th December 2017;

A Gaur (Bos gaurus) was seriously injured after it was hit by a car in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pakchong district on Monday. The animal escaped to a nearby forest as a crowd that started gathering around it.

An unidentified man driving a truck at about 3am alerted local police and a rescue team that he had found the wild bison lying in the middle of a road about four to five kilometres from the downtown district.

Officials found the heavily bleeding big Gaur at the scene but it fled after people started gathering nearby.

An initial investigation found that it had been hit by a car, which apparently had been heavily damaged but was capable of driving. The animal was the hit again by a motorcycle, resulting in injuries to the rider, who was sent to hospital for treatment.

The rescue team continued efforts to locate the wild buffalo and a vet team from Khao Yai National Park was put on standby.

Officials and bystanders wondered how the Gaur had found its way from Khao Yai National Park, which is about 40 kilometres away. Pak Chong market is within a few kilometres of the accident site.

The wild cow was red listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 1986.

Source: The Nation

Gaur seriously injured by car crash outside Khao Yai Park

Thailand: Source links state officials to Gaur killings
Plans mooted to move herd to another area
14th November 2017;

State officials may have been complicit in the poaching of two Gaurs (Bos gaurus) found dead in a forest in Wang Nam Khieo district of Nakhon Ratchasima at the weekend, according to a police source.

The source said district police were collecting evidence and questioning witnesses for clues in order identify the poachers responsible for the killing of the two Gaurs.

Police believe a group of hunters may have killed the animals, as one was found stripped of its meat with its head missing, on the order of black market traders in wild meats and organs.

The source said government officials may be involved in the illegal trade of Gaur meat and involved in the killing of the two animals.

About 300 Gaurs are believed to be roaming the 5,000-rai forest in the protected zone of the Khao Phang Ma mountain where the two Gaurs were found dead.

On Nov 8, another Gaur was shot dead in the middle of a tapioca farm near Wat Pa Wang Sai, also in Wang Nam Khieo district, leading to the arrest of a tapioca farmer, who allegedly shot and killed the animal when it raided the farm in search of food.

According to officials, the two mature Gaurs appeared to have been shot by poachers, and one of them, a female, was stripped of its meat and innards and its head was missing.

Their carcasses were found by residents near the foot of the Khao Phang Ma mountain. The body of the second, a male Gaur, was left untouched.

The female bovine weighed more than 500 kilogrammes and the bull more than a tonne, according to officials.

On Monday, a forensic test showed the bull, about 10 years old, sustained a single fatal shot through its lungs, which exited through its back.

Experts from the Khao Yai National Park said the male Gaur, after having been shot, had tried to run away before it collapsed and died. It had been dead for at least seven days before its body was discovered along with the female Gaur on Saturday.

Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai chaired an urgent meeting Monday with national park and wildlife sanctuary officials. Authorities are now working on immediate measures to stop the poaching of wild animals in national forests.

Emerging from the meeting, Mr Wichian said in the past the wild animals had sometimes been shot by farmers after straying onto their land and causing damage.

One solution suggested at the meeting was relocating the 300 Gaurs from Khao Phang Ma and moving them eight kilometres to the nearby Phu Luang forest which borders the Pak Chong and Pak Thong Chai districts.

Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand: Forestry officials and police hunt for poachers responsible for shooting Gaurs
13th November 2017;

Forestry rangers and police today began to hunt for a group of poachers responsible for the shooting of three Gaurs (Bos gaurus) in Wang Nam Khieu district of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Forestry rangers said they believed this group of poachers has past record of hunting Gaurs in Khao Paeng Ma wildlife sanctuary in Wang Na Khuiu district of Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The poachers are believed still in the sanctuary and officials are questioning villagers and village headmen headmen in the areas for clues in hunting this group of poachers.

The police indicated that the group was run by a teacher who has been in the wildlife meat business.

Forestry rangers said there are about 300 Gaurs in the wildlife sanctuary and this year seven had been killed by poachers.

Villagers in Tambon Wang Nam Khieu alerted officials on Sunday of the finding of two dead Gaurs near Khao Paeng Ma mountain in Village 4, Ban Khao Paeng Ma.

One of the two had all its meat and intestines cut off and taken away leaving behind its head and skin. The other was still intact. Both were estimated to weigh about one tonne each.

Forestry rangers of Khao Paeng Ma wildlife sanctuary have lodged a complaint with Wang Nam Khieu district police to investigate the incident.

Regarding the first dead Gaur which was found in a tapioca plantation in Ban Tha Wangsai, Tambon Wang Mee, it was reported that police had arrested one suspect, the owner of the tapioca plantation which was trespassed by the Gaur.

Source: Thai PBS

Thailand: Authorities convene meeting to curb Gaur killings
13th November 2017;

Meetings to solve conflicts between local farmers and wild Gaurs (Bos gaurus) have begun after three of the animals were killed near the Khao Phaeng Ma wildlife sanctuary in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Wichien Chantharanothai summoned the Wang Nam Khieo district sheriff, local police, the Pak Chong district sheriff, a representative from the Khao Phaeng Ma wildlife sanctuary, a representative from Thap Lan National Park National Park, a representative from Khao Yai National Park and business sector representatives to a meeting at Sakaerat Environmental Research Station in Wang Nam Khieo District on Monday.

Wichien said the participants were trying to agree on mutually beneficial solutions to solve chronic problems between farmers and wild gaurs and establish protections banning hunting the animal.

Gaurs are on the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department’s protected wild animal list, with killing one punishable by four years in jail, a Bt40,000 fine or both.

Police said they were searching for the hunters, while investigators suspected that local farmers were responsible for the two animals that were found dead on Sunday. However they did not rule out that poachers could have been responsible.

Source: The Nation

Thailand: Vets reveal wild Gaurs’ cause of death
13th November 2017;

A veterinarian team of Khao Yai National Park has performed autopsies on two wild Gaurs (Bos gaurus), concluding that the animals were shot dead about seven days ago.

One autopsy revealed that a 10-year-old male Gaur, which weighed about one tonne, had a bullet wound to its chest that pierced its lungs and windpipe. The bullet was not found.

The team speculated that the animal had not died instantly and ran into the woods, dying where its carcass was found.

Villagers of Ban Khao Phaeng Ma in Wang Nam Khieo recently alerted authorities that they had found two large Gaurs dead in the forest near Khao Phaeng Ma wildlife sanctuary.

The second Gaur, a female weighing about 500 kilograms, was butchered and its head was removed.

Officials and police are hunting for poachers or farmers who might have killed the animals to protect their crops. Three wild Gaurs have been found killed in the area in the past week.

Source: The Nation

A villager points to the carcass of a Gaur found in a forest in Wang Nam Khieo district in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday.
Photo: Prasit Tangprasert

Thailand: Police step in as 2 more Gaurs killed
By Prasit Tangprasert, 13th November 2017;

Authorities have sought police intervention after two more large Gaurs (Bos gaurus) were killed in a forest in Wang Nam Khieo district of Nakhon Ratchasima, allegedly by poachers.

Staff from a wildlife sanctuary have filed a police complaint after the latest case which takes the number of Gaurs killed in Nakhon Ratchasima this month to three.

The two mature Gaurs were apparently shot by poachers, and one of them, a female, was stripped of its meat and innards with only its head intact.

Their carcasses were found by residents near the foot of the Khao Phang Ma mountain in Ban Khao Phang Ma in the district. The body of the second, male Gaur, was left untouched.

The female bovine weighed more than 500 kilogrammes and the bull more than a tonne, according to officials.

The area where the Gaurs were found was being inspected by wildlife officials from the provincial conservation office 7.

The officials have submitted a complaint to the local police, who have started investigating the latest Gaur killings.

Word of the killing of the Gaur came just days after a new report compiled jointly by World Wildlife Federation and TRAFFIC of the alarming growth of animal trafficking from the Golden Triangle.

The animals have been listed since 1986 as “vulnerable” by the IUCN Red List of endangered species.

On Nov 8, another Gaur was shot dead in the middle of a tapioca farm near Wat Pa Wang Sai, also in Wang Nam Khieo district, leading to the arrest of a tapioca farmer, who allegedly shot and killed the animal when it raided the farm in search of food.

Pol Col Meechai Kumnerdprom, chief of Wang Nam Khieo police, said experts were examining the remains of the Gaurs and police were waiting for the test results.

Police have questioned witnesses who discovered the carcasses of the Gaurs and investigators are trying to determine whether a gang of poachers had a hand in the killings.

Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai said it was alarming that three Gaurs have been killed only five days apart.

He said a growing number of people in wildlife sanctuaries has forced some of the animals to expand their habitats and encroach on farms in search of food.

The governor added it was important to find ways to prevent the wild animals from destroying crops, which could drive the farmers to take drastic measures.

The provincial office, residents and the national park unit have met to address the problem. Suggestions put forth included building electric fences and raising bees around the farms to drive away the wild animals.

Source: Bangkok Post