I found the article under the life sciences section. Its a reuters article.
Rare Salt-Water Camel May Be Separate Species
Here's the blurb on genetics I (mis)remembered:
DNA tests have not yet been completed but U.N. environmentalists say other tests have shown there is a significant difference in the genetic make-up of the wild Bactrian from the domesticated.
The article also mentioned a rather interesting method of hunting wild camels, the use of land mines:
But they believe that up to 600 of the rare breed live in an uninhabited area that was used by China for nuclear testing over the last 41 years and are threatened by hunters who have moved into the region since testing ended in 1996.
``We found land mines put by the salt water springs,'' said John Hare, leader of the expedition and founder of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation.
``So when the camels come to drink they step on them, BANG! They are blown to pieces and picked up as meat.''
I suspect that this process makes butchering and gutting much easier. I'm not sure how safe it is though. On the other hand, I don't think there are all that many people that visit salt springs in the middle of a desert in China.
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