Illegal timber fells poacher in Vietnam national park

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A man was killed Thursday by illegally felled timber that he and a couple of accomplices were trying transport out of a Central Highlands national park.

Bui Minh Dan was driving his motorbike too fast when it plunged into a hole at the Yok Don national park in Dak Lak Province, causing the timber to fall and break his neck, local news website VnExpress reported.

Dan was carrying the precious agar wood on his motorbike which has been modified especially for the job.

The 24 year old was stealing the timber with two others Phan Van Quang and Bui Ngoc Lam, who also used similar motorbikes.

Earlier on December 15, a similar fate befell 30-year-old Quang Van Dau in Pu Huong natural reserve in the north-central province of Nghe An, around 291 kilometers south of Hanoi. Pu Huong is part of the Nghe An Western Biosphere Reserve which was recognized as a world biosphere reserve in 2008.

In related news, a man named Nguyen Minh Long in Quang Ngai Province in central Vietnam on Thursday stabbed a forest ranger when local rangers tried to seize more than 10 cubic meters of precious wood they found at his home. The ranger is being treated at local hospital.

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Figures cited by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at a conference on December 13 showed that the country loses nearly 32,000 hectares of forest every year, 6.1 percent of which is lost to illegal logging.

In 2011, authorities nationwide discovered 3,145 illegal logging cases and 13,541 illegal timber transportation cases, according to the figures.

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