Controversy rages over panda deaths

Forest rangers may be partly responsible for the killings of giant pandas in western China, an article published by Chinese state media suggested on Thursday.

Two Chongqing locals were convicted for killing pandas in June. Another similar case will be heard in the city on September 17.

chinadialogue writer Yongfeng Feng reported for the People’s Daily website that rangers often set traps for local hunters by pretending to be buyers willing to pay high prices for panda parts. This technique, writes Feng, may have enticed locals into hunting pandas for the first time, and is not an effective method for protecting the endangered animal.

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