The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has ordered a phased removal of cattle from all protected areas in Thailand and the KLNP Superintendent has made a commitment to mobilise the extraction. Work is now underway, but this process is likely to be prolonged due to the remote nature of the areas where cattle are kept and grazed. It may take 2 to 3 years to fully remove cattle from KLNP with no guarantees of success.
Rangers have been instructed to facilitate the removal in KLNP and the team at Freeland will assist. Activities will include a survey to estimate the scale of the problem, researching ownership of the cattle, and bringing in further stakeholders such as the livestock department and university expertise. Then a series of workshops will run to obtain agreement with farmers to remove their cattle during an amnesty and phase-out period.
In the long run, this virus outbreak may be beneficial as it will remove all the illegal grazers and reduce associated ecological disturbances from the parks. However, the next couple of years will be challenging as stakeholders contend with both poaching and this new emerging disease.
Find out more about the work Freeland is doing in KLNP this year here.