"How to fight against the poaching activity has become one of the major threats facing the protection of panda in Minshan," said Ling Lin, director of WWF-China's Chengdu Office.
According to Ling
, the bordering areas between different nature reserves have become the areas most seriously affected by poaching due to their remote location and inadequate coverage by the reserve administrations.
"It is like a hide-and-seek game.
The poachers will sneak back at night if the rangers patrol there in daytime, or return when the rangers leave," said Ling
"It is hard for the reserves to deal with such situation as each reserve actually are short of people to deploy."
Moreover, the lack of cooperation among nature reserves has undermined the administrative effectiveness.
Before WWF's involvement, anti-poaching patrols were implemented separately by different nature reserves in varied times in Minshan.
Some poachers escaped punishment by selectively navigating this patchwork of protection.
"The rangers patrolling in their reserve were powerless to punish poachers who would run from the reserve to an adjacent one once they spotted the patrol," said Ling