A Philippine Eagle was found dead in Davao Oriental in the Mindanao Island of the Philippines on Sunday.
The critically endangered Philippine eagle named ‘Pamana’ which means ‘Legacy’ was freed in the wild on June 12, 2015, Philippine Independence day.
Pamana was released two months ago in Mount Hamiguitan Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sitio Tomalite, Barangay La Union, San Isidro, Davao Oriental.
Pamana was found rotten dead last Sunday, August 16, one kilometer away from the release sight, according to Dennis Salvador of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF). Based on initial investigation, the eagle sustained a gunshot wound on her right breast. A metal fragment that looks to be from a gun pellet was found in the bird’s body.
Members of PEF are very depressed about the incident especially because Pamana was killed in a place that’s supposed to be a protected area.
Angry and confused Filipinos flooded their emotions on Social media site in the country, according to reports.
Government officials also mourned the loss of one of the country’s few remaining eagles. There are about 400 Philippine eagles left fighting for survival in the wild today.
PEF executive director Dennis Salvador said , “Pamana’s death underscores the need to strengthen our campaign to save not only the eagles but other wildlife in their natural habitats. Clearly, education and awareness aren’t enough. We need a strong law-enforcement program in place, especially in protected areas. “
The Philippine eagle found dead just a kilometer away from the were she was freed, just shows that the protection measures in the mountain range are not enough. The Government officials and PEF will conduct investigations on who was responsible for the eagle’s death. IMAGE from Philippine Eagle Foundation