Personnel of the Albay Park and Wildlife show the dead Philippine Hawk Eagle on Tuesday.
Photo: Nino Luces

Philippines: Rare Philippine Hawk-eagle shot dead in Albay
By Nino Luces, 27th January 2016;

A one-year old rare Philippine Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus philippensis), which is endemic in the country, was recovered at the mountainous part of Camalig town, Albay; but then later died, January 25, 2016.

Dr. Luis Adonay, Albay Provincial Veterinary Office chief confirmed that the rare bird has a gunshot wound at the left lower breast which caused the death of the bird. “It is possible that the internal organs were hit by the bullet which resulted in death,” Adonay said.

He said that the Hawk-eagle has a wingspan of at 1 meter, 2 kilos and was at least 1 year old.

“We will send people to Camalig tomorrow (January 27, 2016) to at least know the origin of the eagle. Mati-trace natin yun. I believe na alaga siya at nakawala dahil na rin sa katawan nitong mataba,” Adonay narrated.

He added that the bird was shot by a still unidentified person at around 1 to 2 p.m. of January 26, 2016, due to the fresh wound at the body.

Dr. Manny Victorino, veterinarian of the Albay Park and Wildlife, said that the bird was found at Quituinan Hills by a concerned citizen then turned over to Camalig Philippine National Police, then later turned over to Albay Park and Wildlife.

Meanwhile, Albay Governor Joey Salceda said that based from report of the Provincial Agriculture Services (PAS), the juvenile bird is not a Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) which was reported earlier, but a Philippine Hawk-eagle.

“I will still ask the PAS for remedial measures. But our IEC on endangered and vulnerable is strong except that you cannot control trigger-happy (air gun) once they see a safe target,” Salceda said.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Philippines: Philippine Hawk-eagle shot dead in Albay

By Michael B. Jaucian, 9th August 2014;

A juvenile Philippine Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus philippensis) was shot by a still unidentified gunman in a forest in Santo Domingo town in Albay and died later despite efforts of environment experts to revive it.

Gilbert Gonzales, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Bicol, said the Eagle was recovered severely wounded but still alive in the possession of a resident last Wednesday while personnel from the community environment and natural resources office (Cenro) were conducting an inspection at the vicinity of the forest fire that broke out in Barangay Lidong, Santo Domingo.

“Upon seeing that the wild bird was severely hurt after sustaining a gunshot wound in the lower part of the chest, we immediately conducted a surgical operation in order to revive it,” Gonzales said.

According to Myrna Baylon, wildlife division chief of DENR Bicol, their veterinarian had initially saved the life of the Hawk-eagle after a two-hour surgery, but it failed to survive several hours into the recovery process.

The Philippine Hawk-eagle, locally known as lawin, was tied down when found in the yard of the house of Tirso Banares, according to Cenro officer Adrael Haji Jon Barruga in an interview Saturday.

He said Banares claimed to have just found the wounded Hawk-eagle wandering out of the forest, most likely driven out by the fire.

But Barruga said they suspected that Banares was responsible for shooting the Eagle as they found pellets of an airgun in his house, similar to the one that wounded the bird.

He said their suspicion grew stronger because when they returned to his house after the Cenro team had investigated the forest fire, Banares had disappeared.

Barruga said Banares would be charged with violating the law that protects endangered species.

The body of the Philippine Hawk-eagle will be preserved and displayed at the Albay Wildlife Park in Legazpi City, Baylon said.

Barruga said it was not strange to find a Philippine Hawk-eagle in Albay as there have been a number of lawin sightings in Bicol, with the region still having a number of forests.

The DENR officials appealed to the public, especially those who shoot birds and wild animals for fun, to stop this kind of activity and warned that they could be held liable for killing endangered species.

Under Republic Act 9147 of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, a person caught in possession vulnerable species can be jailed for one day up to six months and fined from P10,000 to P200,000.

If found guilty of killing of vulnerable species, the offender can be imprisoned for two to four years and be made to pay a fine from P30,000 to P300,000.

Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines: Philippine Hawk-eagle shot dead in Albay