Some three,200m of netting used to illegally poach birds was destroyed by Stung Prot and Wildlife Alliance forest rangers on Tuesday after they had been found laying in mangrove progress south of the Cardamom Mountains.
Southern Cardamom Forest Safety Programme discipline coordinator Dragos Ionescu mentioned on Wednesday that the rangers had been struggling to include unlawful poaching practices, significantly firstly of Cambodia’s gentle winter season when migratory birds journey by the realm.
“Rangers in Koh Pov and Trapaing Roung had destroyed four,800m of netting and confiscated seven loudspeakers used to draw birds from the forest into their nets.
“In that mission, our rangers saved 31 birds and returned them to the forest,” mentioned Ionescu, who can also be a webmaster for Wildlife Alliance.
Chicken netting is commonly hundreds of metres lengthy and used to ensnare any chook that flies into them. The apply, coupled with deforestation, is the best menace to tropical wildlife in Southeast Asia, in accordance with Wildlife Alliance.
Koh Kong provincial Division of Setting director Morm Phalla informed The Submit on Wednesday that provincial rangers had cooperated with Wildlife Alliance to place an finish to the looking, catching and snaring of birds and animals, however the crimes continued.
“Yearly, our rangers work along with Wildlife Alliance to patrol, crack down and confiscate hundreds of metres of netting left mendacity in forested areas,” Phalla mentioned.
Nevertheless, Dragos mentioned catching birds illegally through the use of netting was a routine crime for the folks of Koh Kong province.
“Hunters create a wall out of skinny black nets which cowl lots of of metres. To draw the birds, they use mature male pigeons to draw different birds with their chirping,” he mentioned.
A extra pricey technique, Dragos mentioned, is using audio system, automobile CD gamers and automobile batteries as instruments to replay the sound of birds chirping repeatedly to lure them into the netting.
“It’s migration season for birds, in order that they’re travelling to totally different locations. It’s additionally the time when our staff works to guard seashores and seek for chook netting,” he mentioned.