Discovery of elephant bones prompts poaching probe (Thailand)
The Bangkok Post
May 1, 2021
PHETCHABURI: Park authorities have launched an investigation into a
wildlife poaching network in Kaeng Krachan National Park following the
recent discovery of wild elephant bones and spent bullets by a forest
patrol unit, according to local officials.
The remains were reportedly found by a joint patrol team from Kaeng Krachan
National Park and troops near a small reservoir in the forest reserve in
tambon Pateng, Kaeng Krachan district.
The unit suspected foul play when they spotted what looked like a bullet
hole in a skull and asked the park authorities to send a team of
specialists to examine it, officials said.
An investigation team led by the Phaya Sua Task Force reportedly examined
the remains and scoured the site on Thursday using a metal detector.
The examination found that the carcasses belonged to two elephants which
were determined to be no more than three years old and had died less than a
year ago, officials said.
No bullets were found in the bones, they said.
The metal detector was used to locate bullets and pellets in the vicinity
and three shells, apparently fired from a rifle and a shotgun, officials
They had reportedly been sent for examination by experts to determine the
types of weapons used.
According to local officials, the patrol was part of park authorities'
efforts to stamp out wildlife poaching in Kaeng Krachan, especially of wild
elephants whose population is believed to be about 160, much lower than the
previous estimated of 450.