A man was arrested by police while he was butchering an Asiatic black bear next to his house in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima, on Saturday (Feb 17).
Moo See police rushed to the house in Ban Porhoo, Tambon Pongtalong, after they were alerted by people in the neighbourhood that a man, later identified as Apiwat Nilsonthi, was butchering a black bear.
During the police interrogatin, Apiwat denied that he didn't kill the 70-kg Asiatic black bear. He claimed he was told by some workers that a black bear was ensnared in a trap in a maize plantation close to Khao Yai national park.
Apiwat and a friend then went to the scene where he found the dead bear ensnared in a trap and took it home to be butchered. He claimed he kept part of the bear's meat for his own consumption and the rest to be sold.
The suspect was charged with illegal possession of the carcass of a protected species as police were trying to find out who set the trap.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)