Suspects in killing of tigers surrender

Suspects in killing of tigers surrender

National park rangers inspect tiger meat found being grilled at the campsite near the Myanmar border in Thong Pha Phum district on Jan 9. (Photo supplied/ Pirayat Chongcharoen)
National park rangers inspect tiger meat found being grilled at the campsite near the Myanmar border in Thong Pha Phum district on Jan 9. (Photo supplied/ Pirayat Chongcharoen)

Four men wanted for killing two Bengal tigers found skinned, their meat cooking on a grill, in a jungle camp near the Myanmar border surrendered to police on Thursday.

They said the tigers had preyed regularly on their cattle, so they used a dead cow the big cats had killed as bait and shot them, according to police.

Police picked up the four suspects at a road checkpoint in Thong Pha Phum district around noon. They were taken to Thong Pha Phum police station for further interrogation.

During questioning, the four men told police that they raised cattle for a living. During the past two months, tigers had killed and eaten about 20 cows belonging to them and other local farmers.

They felt they had no choice but to put an end to it.


They told the police that they had borrowed shotguns issued to some defence volunteers.

National park rangers seized the pelts of two Bengal tigers and other items at a campsite near the Myanmar border on Jan 9.

The hunters fled the campsite, leaving meat from the tigers cooking on a grill.

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Vocabulary

  • bait: food used for attracting and catching fish, birds, or animals - เหยื่อ
  • borrow: to take and use something that belongs to somebody else, and return it to them at a later time - ยืม
  • cattle: cows and bulls that are kept as farm animals for their milk or meat - วัวควาย
  • interrogation: asking someone a lot of questions in order to get information - การสอบถาม, การซักถาม
  • living: money to buy the things that you need in life - การทำมาหากิน
  • pelt (noun): the skin of an animal, especially with the fur or hair still on it - หนังสัตว์
  • prey (noun): an animal, a bird, etc. that is hunted, killed and eaten by another - เหยื่อ
  • seize: to take something using official power and force - จับกุม
  • surrender: to give yourself up - ยอมจำนน
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
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