By Orapa Chueyprasit
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is planning to install closed circuit cameras in two major wildlife sanctuaries in Tak province in a bid to prevent animal poaching.
Deputy Director-General of the DNP Teerapat Prayoonsit said that in a bid to crack down on rampant poaching in the Thung Yai Naresuan and Um Phang Wildlife Sanctuaries in Tak province, more security checkpoints will be set up and the installation of CCTVs in the forests will be introduced.
The announcement followed last week’s gun battle between tiger hunters and forest rangers in the Um Phang Wildlife Sanctuary which left two officials dead and two others injured. The poachers are believed to be members of a Hmong hilltribe gang active in the area. One of them was killed while the rest managed to escape.
Mr Teerapat said the department is urging the hunters to surrender themselves to authorities. If they fail to do so, 500 rangers and officials will launch a sweeping manhunt across most of the province and its border with Myanmar.
Since 2009, 42 forest rangers have been killed on duty and 48 others injured, 22 of them seriously.