The rangers from Sun Bear Station (Veal Pi) freed one green pigeon from birds nets.
“Tatai village, Koh Kong province, April 3, 2018 we received information about a house using nets to capture birds.” said Ratislav, head ranger at Sun Bear Station. The rangers dismantled 40 meters of bird net, released 4 pigeons (one caught in the net and three others from cages) and filled a contract of non-reoffense with the house owner.
Bird netting is a common practice in Koh Kong Province. Hunters create a wall out of thin black nets which covers hundreds of meters. To attract the birds, they use mature male pigeons to attract other birds with their chirping. Another more costly method is to use electronic devices made of one speaker, one car CD player and one car battery. The chirping is played over and over again. This “super effective” method is used mostly at night time, far from roads and community areas with devastating results.
Wildlife Alliance rangers are dismantling thousands of meters of birds nets every year.