Dugongs Being Hunted on Koh Libong

by admin on October 25, 2017

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A dugong skin left hanging from a tree on Koh Libong proves that the animals are being hunted there, according to the Phuket Gazette.

The Head of the Department of National Parks, Thanya Netithammakul, says the remains were discovered on Sunday, alongside intestines and body parts. This, he claims, proves that hunters are actively targeting these animals. The island of Koh Libong has been declared a no-hunting zone.

Local villagers aren’t convinced. Many believe that the find was a “set up” by the officers, and that hunters wouldn’t have left any evidence behind. They say that the remains were simply being used to substantiate the parks chief’s agenda.

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Chaipreuk Weerawong, the area’s chief, has deployed officers in attempt to find the hunters and protect the island’s dugong population.

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