Authorities in a Tibetan-populated prefecture of northwestern China’s Qinghai province have freed a second group of Chinese caught poaching in a wildlife protected area, adding to environmental concerns among local Tibetans.
The group was discovered fishing on Aug. 17 at the Panchen Yutso lake in the Golog (in Chinese, Guoluo) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Pema (Banma) county, a Tibetan resident of the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service on Wednesday.
“When the local Tibetans saw them, they rushed to the lake, and the Chinese intruders abandoned the area, leaving their equipment behind,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A group of 40 Tibetans went to the county court to complain, but the poachers were made only to “promise that they would not hunt in local forests for wild animals or catch fish in the local lakes” and escaped punishment, the source said.
The Tibetans in turn were asked by court officials to “continue to protect the environment and to watch for encroachments,” he said.
Three areas around Panchen Yutso lake called Mei, Yei, and Watsuk are famous for their large herds of deer and musk deer and for their abundance of fish, RFA’s source said.
And though poachers have been caught in the area in the past, and were released by authorities on promises not to return, “intrusions still take place,” he said.
“So the Tibetans are still worried about encroachments on the local wildlife.” More....