In 2016, two National Park Rangers from the Ministry of Environment joined the CAPU team. With their involvement, the community patrols have the authority to remove snares, dismantle hunting camps, remove people from the forest carrying hunting equipment and apprehend hunters with injured or dead wildlife. This combined with a comprehensive knowledge of Cambodia’s wildlife laws, enforcement options and maximum penalties ensures proper prosecutions of offenders at local police stations.
Since the implementation of the team wildlife is slowly returning to the area. The Community Ranger team has recently reported signs of wild bears and camera traps have also captured images of dhole and clouded leopards!