One of five suspected poachers who killed two forestry officials and seriously injured two others in a gunfight on Thursday night in Um-Phang Wildlife Sanctuary in Tak province was apprehended yesterday.
An exchange of gunfire in the sanctuary also left one suspect dead.
A task force of 200 officials was sent into the reserve to track the remaining poachers. After 17 hours, they caught Kanueng Saema, 65.
Sompong Thongsrikhem, chief of Eastern Thung Yai-Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, said yesterday he now had information about who was involved in wildlife trafficking in the reserve.
"We have the names of the three other fugitives," Mr Sompong said. "We are now hunting them. We are looking into whether the arrested suspect's gang has links with other criminal wildlife traffickers."
Mr Sompong was referring to the arrest of a tiger poaching gang in Eastern Thung Yai-Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in 2011. Two Vietnamese and three Hmong living in Phop Phra district were taken into custody.
They found a photo of a dead tiger which they said came from the sanctuary and not from Myanmar, as claimed by the poachers.
On Thursday night, 10 forest patrol officials encountered five suspected tiger poachers in Um-Phang Wildlife Sanctuary, which is about 10km from the Eastern Thung Yai-Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary office. The suspects, armed with heavy weapons, opened fire, killing two officials and seriously injuring two others. More....