Kontum: Seizure of wild animals
According to Congannhandan newspaper, on August 11, Kon Tum FPD confiscated 4 monitor lizards (Varanus sp.), two civets, two wild pigs (Sus scrofa) and one porcupine. All the animals were discovered while being transported to Sa Thay, Kontum. After the seizure of the animals Kon Tum FPD transferred them to a rescue center and they were later released back into the wild.
Dong Nai: Black-shanked douc langurs killed at Cat Tien National Park
On August 13, two subjects were caught by FPD officers in Cat Tien National Park in the act of killing three black-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes). The subjects claimed they shot and killed the langurs, dried them and then cut them into numerous pieces to sell.
The offenders and evidence were handed over to local authorities for further investigation.
Thai Binh: Seizure of illegal wildlife
On August 10, in Nam Phu commune, Thai Binh province, Thai Binh’s border guard apprehended three violators for illegal transportation of wildlife. The subjects had illegally transported 12 pangolins weighing a total of more than 60kg. The pangolins were taken as evidence and the traffickers were temporarily arrested. The case was transferred to Thai Binh’s FPD for further investigation.
Hanoi: Three king cobras found in car
On August 14, Team 4 of Environmental Crime Prevention Police Office - Hanoi Police found a car containing three king cobras (Ophiophagus hanna), weighing a total of 6.1 kg, in net bags. The subject was from Dinh Hoa district, Thai Nguyen province. According to police, the subject is the owner of a restaurant, in Chu Market town, Dinh Hoa district, Thai Nguyen province, that specializes in wildlife. The subject said she had been illegally trafficking in the king cobras in order to increase her income.
Team 4 handed the case to the police office of Thanh Tri District for further investigation.
Quang Tri: Loggerhead sea turtle released into ocean
Recently a fisherman at Cua Viet, Gio Linh, Quang Tri discovered a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) weighing approximately 20kg near Con Co island area. After receiving this information, the Exploitation and Protection of Aquatic Resources Department, in cooperation with the border post of Cua Viet port, carried out an investigation and released the turtle back into the ocean. The turtle was tagged with a positioning card for tracking navigation and safeguarding before it was released.
An Giang: Widespread selling of Cambodian snakes and turtles at border
At the border gate markets of Khanh Binh (An Phu District), Xuan Su (Tinh Bien) and Vinh Suong (Tan Chau town) of An Giang province dozens of establishments have appeared for the purpose of purchasing many types of wildlife, in particular snakes and turtles. These places then sell the wildlife to restaurants and pubs of the Mekong river delta provinces. As a result of early floods, the number of snakes and turtles caught by Cambodians has been much higher than in previous years. According to a snake and turtle trader at Khanh Binh Border gate, she has bought 80 to 150kg of turtles and snakes from Cambodian people every day.
In the flood season, the annual wildlife trade fairs in An Giang border are always busy for 3-4 months as Cambodians bring “products” to An Giang for consuming.
Lam Dong: “Beckham the elephant” murder trial temporarily postponed
On August 16, the People's Court of Da Lat city, Lam Dong began the trial of the 3 defendants accused of the murder of Beckham the elephant. Beckham was owned by the Nam Qua Eco-tourism Company and was found killed on 24 April, 2011 in Tuyen Lam tourist area, Da Lat.
All three defendants, from An Hiep commune, Duc Trong - Lam Dong, were charged with "violating regulations of rare animal protection" (according to Article 190 of the Criminal Code) as well as the crime of illegal elephant trading.
According to the People's Court of Da Lat city, Beckham was purchased by the director of Nam Qua Eco-tourism Co Ltd on October 2005 for the purpose of tourism. Between July and October 2010 Beckham had been attacked and injured twice and had just recovered from his injuries.
It was further alleged that before being killed at Tuyen Lam Lake on 24 April 2011, the elephant had been sold to two other individuals. After Beckham’s death his body was burned supposedly along with the tusks. However, authorities later found the tusks in the house of one of the defendants.
During the trial new details emerged indicating that the origin of the elephant could not be clearly identified. Hence, the People’s Court sent the case to the People's Procuracy of Da Lat city for further investigation.
Quang Binh: Report of tiger falling from truck
On August 4, a local resident at Quang Dong commune reported that a tiger had fallen from a truck that was travelling on the 1A national road.
On August 16, FPD Quang Binh declared dispatch No. 802/KL-BTTN and sent this to the People's Committee of Quang Trach district, Quang Dong and Quang Hop communes recommending that local people should be cautious when going into the forest as they had received information that a tiger may have escaped and could be in the forest.
According to Mr. Pham Hong Thai, Director of FPD Quang Binh province, footprints and traces of an animal were found in the area of a local residence but it could not be confirmed if these were from a tiger. The species of animal was later verified as being a cat but DNA testing is required for further identification and confirmation.
Binh Dinh: 30 kg reticulated python caught
On August 15, a local resident at Phuoc Loc commune, Tuy Phuoc district (Binh Dinh province) caught a male reticulated python (Python reticulatus) 2 meters long, 30 centimeters in diameter and weighing nearly 30 kg, southwest of Son Trieu Mountain.
According to the resident, one month ago when grazing his goats in this mountain, many of the goats disappeared for no apparent reason. Through monitoring and observing he found out that the goats were being eaten by a large reticulated python. He is also convinced that there is another python hiding and living in the same place.
Nguyen Phuong Lien
Education for Nature - Vietnam
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