Poachers set traps all over Vietnam’s under-patrolled national park

By Giang Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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A ranger removes a trap at Lo Go-Xa Mat National Park in Tay Ninh Province near Cambodia's border. Photo: Giang Phuong A ranger removes a trap at Lo Go-Xa Mat National Park in Tay Ninh Province near Cambodia's border. Photo: Giang Phuong

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Rangers at a protected area in southern Vietnam have found more than a thousand traps so far this year and busted several cases of wildlife trafficking. 
Figures released by Lo Go-Xa Mat National Park in Tay Ninh Province, near the border with Cambodia, said 1,036 traps in total have been discovered since January. 
Its rangers also cooperated with border guards to stop eight wildlife trading cases and rescued the animals, most of them snakes, pythons, musks, mouse deers and parrots.
Nguyen Minh Thuan, a senior ranger at the park, said most of the traps are simple, basically a ring that will tighten and capture the animal. 
“This kind of trap is hand made and it can work on all kinds of terrain. It can also catch both big and small animals, very fast.
“Poachers prefer the trap as it does not kill the animal immediately.”
The rangers also found a number of guns used for hunting. Thuan said one time they also found a slingshot which was already set up with an arrow. 
However, the rangers have managed to catch only very few poachers.
An official of Tay Ninh’s Forest Management Department said its force cannot patrol thoroughly the park of more than 187.6 square kilometers.
He said the poachers have become trickier as well.
Ta Van Dao, director of Tay Ninh Forest Management Department, said many of the traps could have been set by people from Cambodia.
His unit has suggested that the provincial government ask Cambodian authorities to stop their people from hunting animals in Vietnam, but whether this is effective will have to be seen. 

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