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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 September 2005, 16:37 GMT 17:37 UK
Cambodia tiger hunter gets jail
Yor Ngun signing a confession in March 2005
Yor Ngun confessed to wildlife hunting in March
A Cambodian court has sentenced a notorious tiger hunter to seven years in prison.

Conservationists estimate that Yor Ngun has killed at least 19 tigers, as well as 40 leopards, 30 elephants, 43 bears and more than 500 wild oxen.

The 57-year-old is thought to have been trapping and snaring animals in Cambodia's jungles since the 1970s.

"Even though he is too old to be in jail, he deserves it for what he did," judge Sim Soung told Reuters agency.

"Hopefully we can contribute to saving our wildlife."

Conservation group Wild Aid said there were only a handful of tigers left in Cambodia because of illegal hunting.

"The man's conviction means that the law is being implemented and that wildlife hunters can no longer go unpunished," said the group's Cambodia director, Suwanna Gauntlett.

Re-arrested

Officials say Yor Ngun travelled widely across Cambodia to hunt his prey.

"He is a highly-skilled hunter. He told the court that once he spotted any traces of tiger, bear or elephant, the animals could never escape his snares," said court official Cheng Monyrath.

Yor Ngun was first identified by conservationists as a prolific tiger hunter in 2001.

He was arrested by forestry officials in 2004 but was released after signing a promise not to re-offend.

He was re-arrested in March 2005 after being caught transporting bear jaws and claws.




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