The Royal Forestry Department's Forest Resource Management Office 1 in Mae Hong Son yesterday joined local officials in the seizure of illegal teak logs and planks at an old corn plantation in Mae La Noi district.
Following a tip-off, the office’s Forest Fire Prevention and Control Division chief Lek Wongsa led officials to the plantation in Huai Ku Pa in tambon Mae La Luang and discovered 15 teak logs and 33 teak planks.
Lek said the situation of illegal logging was severe in Mae Sariang, Mae La Noi and Sop Moei districts.
After the authority seized 744 teak logs at Ban Thung Pa Kha in Mae La Noi, the people who had the teak logs and planks might have been afraid of getting arrested and abandoned them, Lek said.
Meanwhile, Surat Thani’s Khao Sok National Park and border patrol police yesterday arrested two hunters in Ban Ta Khun district along with seven lesser mouse-deer carcasses, a long-tailed boat and hunting equipment.
Amnat Chana, 41, reportedly confessed that he had hunted lesser mouse-deer and sold it to a merchant for Bt700 a carcass and that this was his seventh arrest.
Jaturong Rakkapao, 31, claimed this was his first offence.