September 20, 2017

Elephant poacher captured in Ayeyawady Region

Elephant carcass
Elephant poacher’s guns.

A joint anti-poaching patrol in Tharpaung Township in Ayeyawady Region has arrested three men after they were discovered curing elephant skin on 13 August.
The force discovered an elephant carcass during a routine patrol. The carcass was missing its tusks and tail. The animal had also been skinned.
The joint force was led by U Soe Tint, the head of Tharpaung Township Forestry Department, Police Captain Myint Lwin of the Tharpaung Police and officers from Thaephyu Sentry Police, Forest Rangers and Thaephyu people’s militia.
Later that evening, the conservation force found the three poachers in the surrounding area. The poachers aimed their guns to fire at the joint force and lance Corporal Maw Maw from the Forest Rangers shot in self-defence and wounded one of the poachers in his right thigh.
The conservation force confiscated two handmade guns, four elephant tusks, an elephant hide and flesh, a box of gunpowder, a 3-inch steel arrowhead, two 15-inch swords, an elephant’s tail and an NRC card with the name Salai Aung Nay Oo. Two poachers managed to escape and are being pursued.—Maung Maung Myint (Pathein IPRD)

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