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Park ranger shot dead in Lop Buri clash with poachers

Jack Burton

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A park ranger has been killed in a clash with poachers in the central Lop Buri province. 37 year old fish and wildlife ranger Karn Chaiprasert was found dead on Monday with a gunshot wound.

The head of the wildlife sanctuary, Wasant Klomchinda, said Karn led a 3 member team on patrol on Sunday in a forest on the Khao Ruak mountainside. As night fell, they set up a checkpoint in the area, 3 kilometres from the sanctuary’s borders.

At 10am Monday, the team spotted 3 men with hunting gear. They tried to stop them but the men fled deeper into the forest. A an exchange of gunfire followed during the pursuit. Karn was found dead on a sharp slope 300 metres from the checkpoint. Klomchinda and police were notified of his death.

Police checked the scene and found shell casings, knapsacks, supplies and paraphernalia for methamphetamine use. They followed the trail of evidence for 2 kilometres to the border of the sanctuary but found no one. Due to rough terrain, it was 5:30pm on Monday before Karn’s body was finally brought from the hills to the town for an autopsy.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha offered condolences to Karn’s family and ordered related agencies to provide aid for his family.

Karn, a native of the north central Phetchabun province, joined the wildlife sanctuary a year ago. He’d also worked at Thap Lan National Park in Prachin Buri and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces for 10 years.

SOURCES: Chiang Rai Times | Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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