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Nurturing virtues is very difficult, while learning wrong things is easy. Pre-occupied with bad thoughts in mind is the root of all evils. Stork poachers is a typical example.
A stork poacher and wild birds as his kills
Numerous species of birds die under the hands of poachers

A hotspot of stork extermination

The Tra Su cajuput forest is a favorite destination for local and international tourists, but it is also a place frequented by bird hunters and poachers. During birds’ breeding season, many people sneak into the forest to hunt them. Currently, around the cajuput forest and nearby markets, there are still many eateries that serve birds and storks as appetizers. This demand has led to an increase in the activities of poaching groups. To prevent this situation, the management unit has established an anti-poaching team to guard the forest day and night.

Foreign rangers conducting a night anti-poaching inspection to prevent forest trespassing in Tra Su cajuput forest in Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province – Photo: MY HANH

However, poaching groups still operate in various areas, carrying tools such as slingshots. This situation requires closer cooperation between local government, businesses, and law enforcement agencies to address poaching and protect the ecological system of the Tra Su cajuput forest.

Though stork poaching has been rampant over the years in the special-use forest of Tra Su, this place has received wholehearted commitments and cares from the investor, making it increasingly attractive to tourists thanks to its prosperity and picturesque scenery.

However, contrary to the nurturing of the enterprise, the issue of exterminating storks and fish is becoming alarming, prompting the investor to cry for help.

At first glance, poachers of birds and fish can easily be mistaken for honest farmers visiting their fields. In that disguise, they inconsiderately hunt, set up traps, and even use baits laced with drugs to catch and kill off young fish and birds.

Stork extermination is a concerning issue in the Tra Su cajuput forest in An Giang Province. Every day, hundreds of birds and storks are illegally hunted by groups of poachers from neighboring communes bordering this ecotourism area. Despite the tourism management unit catching several red-handed cases, the authorities have not taken action against them so far, allowing poachers to act at will.

Due to a significant gap between wildlife protection and law enforcement, the biodiversity in Tra Su has been deteriorating over time, including the disappearance of a rare species, the red-headed crane, which used to inhabit this area. These birds have had to flee due to the consequences caused by the poachers.

Nguyen Van Dai, a native of Van Giao Commune working with forest rangers – Photo: B.D

To successfully conserve the natural resources of Tra Su, it is necessary to strictly enforce the law to address the issues of poaching and illegal fishing. Additionally, there is a need to enhance public awareness so that everyone can join hands in protecting the environment and the rare forest species that the investor have worked hard to nurture.

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