Forest rangers have found the leg bones of the ill-fated black panther in the stream next to the camp of Premchai Karnasuta’s hunting party in the western zone of Thung Yai Naresuan world heritage site.
Mr Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn, head of the Phya Sua (Tiger) task force, said Wednesday (Feb 14) that forest rangers went back to the camp site in search of more evidence against the hunting party.
Divers dived into Pa Chi stream near the campsite and managed to retrieve parts of the innard and two bones believed to be the leg bones of the panther which went missing in initial searches.
Mr Chaiwat said that knife marks were also found on the leg bones indicating that the hunting team had removed the animal’s flesh for its meat before dumping some of the innards and the bones into the stream.
Moreover, he said rangers found two gunshot marks on a tree and one on a rock near the stream. He speculated that the panther tried to run away after being shot, but succumbed to its death about five metres from where it was slaughtered.
Meanwhile, carcass of the panther which included the skin, skull and its cooked meat and carcass of a barking deer and a rare wild fowl were taken to Thong Pha Phum district hospital for X-ray examination to search for bullets which might be embedded in the carcass.
Two slugs were found in a leg of the wild fowl, but it was yet to be determined its caliber and from which gun.
Veterinarians from the wildlife conservation office in Ban Pong have been assigned to remove the slugs to be compared with the bullets of the weapons seized from Mr Premchai’s party.