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PAG-ASA NEWSLETTER

April - June 2022

SAVING EAGLES

PHILIPPINE EAGLE RESCUED IN BRGY. PANGYAN, AGUSAN DEL SUR

On March 31,  a retrieval team was deployed to Brgy. Pangyan, Agusan del Sur to rescue an eagle that was caught in a trap intended for civets. 

"Pangyan" is a juvenile male eagle (about 5 years old) from Brgy. Pangyan, Surigao del Sur. The PEF rescue team found Pangyan muddied with his feathers ruffled, but otherwise without injuries. Check-up and X-Ray results revealed 2 air gun pellets lodged in his wings. The doctors did not find open wounds upon further examination, which indicates that Pangyan’s pellet wounds are already healed and were sustained weeks before. 

The cooperation of the local government, PEF biologists and keepers, and partner veterinarians were all vital in safely bringing Pangyan to the Philippine Eagle Center for his rehabilitation.

"Sarangani Eagle" was released on June 13, 2022. Before such an event, plenty of pre-release mobilizations needed to be done to ensure the safety of this Philippine eagle as it goes back to its forest habitat.

 

This is made possible through partnerships with the local Indigenous community, the local government, and stakeholders from the private sector.

The juvenile Philippine eagle was rescued from Brgy. Ticulab, Maitum, Sarangani Province on January 2021. After 18 months, it is released back to its forest home in Mt. Busa.

Ahead of releasing a Philippine eagle, educational campaigns must be conducted with the neighboring community, policies must be in place, and the eagle should be healthy and fit for release.