Two ethnic Lahu hunters were injured in a clash with Sri Lanna National Park officials in Chiang Mai on Saturday.
They shot at the park officials approaching them and the officials returned fire.
Yorzapa Jala, 36, broke his left leg in a fall and was grazed with a bullet. Aikham Suporn, 25, broke an arm while also trying to escape.
The park officials had hiked deep into the forest to check a fire hotspot that was contributing to the air pollution plaguing the North.
Park supervisor Phupichit Chuay-bamrung said on Monday his men responded to the hunters’ gunfire by shooting into a stand of bamboo to try and frighten them and prevent them running.
The hunters raced off, though, and were injured tumbling into a creek.
They were placed under arrest and their injuries were bandaged and splinted.
It took more than four hours to get them out of the forest and to Mae Taeng Hospital.
Phupichit claimed they confessed to entering the forest Friday evening in search of wild animals. Officials seized a gun, ammunition, a knife and a motorcycle.