BACK TO THE WILD. Three Crested serpent eagles (Spilornis cheela), 2 Brahminy kites (Haliastur indus) and 1 Philippine hawk-eagle (Nisaetus philippensis) were freed back to their natural habitat in Baggao, Cagayan on July 23.
The serpent eagles and one of the Brahminy kites were released at Sitio Kapaniswan, Bitag Grande by the local government unit (LGU) and the DENR upon certification of the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory that the wildlife species are healthy.
According to Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) Frederic Tomas, these species were rescued in response to a Facebook post and were later turned over to the DENR's Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center in Tuguegarao City.
The other Brahminy kite was rescued after it was trapped in a fishnet along a pond in Barangay Dalin while the Philippine hawk-eagle was found perching in one of the residential houses in Barangay Sta. Margarita. The eagles were temporarily housed in the municipal nursery before their release in Barangay San Miguel.
Mayor Joan C. Dunuan said in a statement that the local government is intensifying its forest protection efforts to rehabilitate and address habitat destruction. The chief executive reminded the residents to be vigilant and to immediately report illegal forest activities.
“We had an agreement with the MENRO that every time they rescue a wildlife, they will immediately turnover it to CENRO Alcala or PENRO Cagayan for immediate transfer to our wildlife center,” PENR Officer Ismael T. Manaligod said as he reported that the bantay kalikasan officers in the said town will be deputized as wildlife enforcement officers.#