Police hunt gaur hunters in Vietnam's central highlands

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Police in Vietnam's Central Highlands province of Dak Nong are looking for at least six members of a gang of poachers who had shot dead a rare gaur in a local nature reserve.

Ly Van Duc, 50, and Chiu A Loc, 42, were caught near the Nam Nung Reserve Monday with 18 kilograms of skin, bones, meat and internal organs of the animal, news website Dan Tri reported Wednesday.

Based on the animal's head left in the reserve, police said the gaur must have weighed around 200 kilograms.

They seized a handmade hunting gun, more than 100 bullets, and 46 handmade detonators.

Duc and Loc told the police they were hunting with six other people.

The Gaur (Bos gaurus) is listed as an endangered species in Vietnam. Hunting and use of the gaur for commercial purposes is banned.

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Last month, a gaur weighing nearly 100 kilograms was found dead with gunshot wounds in the southern province of Binh Phuoc, where more than 20 gaurs in the 2,500-hectare forest in Dong Phu District are hunting targets of locals and poachers.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which categorizes the gaur as a "vulnerable" species, the animal's global population is between 13,000 and 30,000.

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