Andrew Nachemson, The Phnom Penh Post
Tue, 12 September 2017
Four endangered hog deer, once thought to be extinct in Cambodia, were caught on camera in Kratie province for the first time in a decade, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The nocturnal deer triggered a camera trap in the Mekong Flooded Forest set by WWF-Cambodia on Sunday night and in the early hours of yesterday morning. In a statement, WWF-Cambodia said researchers also found evidence of young hog deer hoofprints, inspiring hope of a population increase.
The hog deer species was believed to be extinct in Cambodia until 2006, when it was rediscovered in Kratie. However, they have not been seen again until now. ‘This is fabulous news, and it clearly reflects the hard work of community members . . . these sightings are encouraging and inspiring,’ said WWF-Cambodia Country Director Seng Teak.
‘However, hunting pressure remains a challenge and we must eliminate it.’ Hog deer are listed as ‘endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of threatened species.
Phak Seangly, The Phnom Penh Post
Mon, 9 May 2016
An endangered Eld’s deer succumbed to injuries and exhaustion on Thursday afternoon after being pummelled by villagers in Preah Vihear’s Cheb district.
“It ran from the park because there is little forest left and because of hunting,” said Keo Kimlout, a district police officer.
The 50 kilogram deer ran out of the Russey Treb National Park to flee a hunter on Wednesday. Villagers in Cheb Keut village chased it down and knocked it unconscious to prevent the animal from injuring anyone with its antlers before handing it over, restrained, to forestry officials.
However, the animal died a day later, due to the head injuries it sustained during its capture, according to Forestry Administration deputy chief Vong Viseth.
“The villagers surrounded and beat it until it fell unconscious once. When it woke up, it ran and fell into the water,” said Viseth. “It died because it received a severe head injury.”
Animals with dramatic horns or antlers such as the Eld’s deer are often hunted for decoration as well as meat, said Kong Kim Sreng, director of Cambodia’s terrestrial protected areas at the Environment Ministry.