Five people were arrested in a wildlife sanctuary in Mondulkiri province’s O’Rang district for illegal hunting on Tuesday.
Roth Sovann, deputy director of the department of environment, said yesterday that conservation forces apprehended the five men when they entered the Keo Sima Wildlife Sanctuary to trap and hunt wild animals.
“We seized some equipment for trapping and hunting including nets, slingshots and bags,” he said. “They had not caught many animals yet, just only two birds before we got them.
“Even though it was their first offence, we made a report and sent them to court.”
Mr Sovann added that illegal hunting activities have decreased in his province.
“Most people now know about laws on hunting or killing wild animals, especially endangered animals, after government officials and organisations educated them,” he said.
Mam Vanda, a spokesman for Mondulkiri Provincial Court, said the five men will be made to sign a contract not to repeat their activities and be allowed to return home.