A park ranger was injured in a bear attack during a routine patrol in Khao Yai National Park yesterday.
According to the “Tee Nee Khao Yai” Facebook page, Udomsak Phokrathok, a park ranger, suffered broken arms and a broken leg when he was attacked by an Asian black bear in the park in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong district. Mr Udomsak was rushed to Pak Chong Nana Hospital.
Asian black bears are considered to be a vulnerable species, mostly due to deforestation and active hunting for their body parts.
In related news, two Karen people were arrested for allegedly poaching in Umphang wildlife sanctuary in Tak’s Umphang district while two others managed to flee, forestry officials said.
Authorities raided a hut near the wildlife reserve in tambon Mae Chan.
The alleged wildlife poachers had killed wild animals including bears and kept the carcasses in the hut.
The detainees were identified as Santi, 29, and Pong, 31.
Officials said they found several bear body parts weighing 45kg and seized them as evidence.
Also confiscated from the hut were guns and ammunition, reports said.
The officials said they would ask the court to issue warrants for the arrest of the two others who fled.
Police in Umphang district were also alerted about the suspects.
The raid was ordered after images from camera traps recorded a group of men with hunting gear and rifles, sources say.Internet Explorer Channel Network