Source links state officials to gaur killings

Plans mooted to move herd to another area

A large bull and a cow were shot last week in Nakhon Ratchasima's Wang Nam Khieo district, possibly to feed a fast-growing and voracious black market in 'exotic' meals and animal parts. (Bangkok Post file photo)

State officials may have been complicit in the poaching of two gaurs found dead in a forest in Wang Nam Khieo district of Nakhon Ratchasima at the weekend, according to a police source.

The source said district police were collecting evidence and questioning witnesses for clues in order identify the poachers responsible for the killing of the two gaurs.

Police believe a group of hunters may have killed the animals, as one was found stripped of its meat with its head missing, on the order of black market traders in wild meats and organs.

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