8 face charges for killing gaur in Vietnam reserve

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Police in Dak Nong Province in the Central Highlands Tuesday recommended criminal charges against eight men arrested earlier for allegedly killing an endangered gaur in a nature reserve.

Chiu A Loc, Ly Van Duc, Truong Van Cong, Dang Ngoc Bang, Tang Thanh Cuong, Ban Ngoc Nam, Ly Van Son, and Ly Thanh Tai, all locals, could be charged with "violating regulations on protection of endangered wild animals."

The charge leads to a wide range of punishments between VND5-50 million (US$250-2,500) cash penalties to three years in jail, according to Vietnam's Penal Code.

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Duc, 50, and Loc, 42, were caught near the Nam Nung Reserve on June 13 with 18 kilograms of skin, bones, meat, and internal organs from one of the giant oxen.

The animal from which they came had been a mature one weighing around a ton.

Gaur is listed in Vietnam's Red Book of endangered species.

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