Justified & Ancient
- Oct 18, 2009
Wouldn't it have to be fairly specialised poaching? Another subject I don't know enough about but I get the impression that most poaching involves valuable body parts either as a material like ivory or for medicinal purposes like rhino horns or pangolin bits with an established illegal market.
I'm sure there are those who would pay for a Mngwa skin rug or a fur coat made of Yeti hair but they can't show it off they would have to be the sort with a Renoir in their own private gallery that only they and a few cronies would be able to look at.
Wouldn't any poacher who shot a Nandi Bear make more out of making the body public than trying to sell it? I'm sure some sort of "I was out hunting rabbits and it came right at me". probably wouldn't be believed but would make a convenient get out.
Whilst the end product might be, the process poaching is very unlikely to be specialised, it's much more probable that it would involve indiscriminate snaring than a targeted pursuit. Also, I think its very unlikely that many of the kinds of cryptids reported wouldn't have those same properties attributed to them.
Your second paragraph raises a point which I think your third paragraph answers.