Maasim, Sarangani: Villagers found on Monday morning, September 20, in a seaside village of Maasim town, Sarangani a critically-endangered Philippine Eagle dead.
The lifeless Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was first spotted on the sands at Barangay Daliao by a resident named Habib Maguid, who immediately informed local officials about it.
Responding personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 12 (DENR-12) and personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) said the raptor was dead about four to five hours before it was found by Barangay Daliao residents.
A DENR forester, Abdul Cariga, said the eagle does not have a tag or any marking, an indication it came from the wild, possibly from forested hinterlands in Sarangani.
There have been recorded Philippine Eagle sightings in upland towns in Sarangani, a component-province of Region 12.
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Cariga said the dead eagle, weighing 5.6 kilograms with a 188 centimeter wingspan, shall be transported to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City for further examination.
The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) said at least one Philippine Eagle dies every year due to shooting.
Diminishing forest cover pushed the critically-endangered eagle to deep forest, far away from its traditionally hunting grounds to look for preys to hunt, PEF said. (John Unson and Antonio Manaytay)