Philippine eagle shot dead after being released into the wild

There are no words.


( Two months after being freed, Philippine eagle "Pamana" was found dead due to a gunshot near her right breast.


According to the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), she was found already rotting last August 16 near Sitio Tomalite in La Union, close to Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the protected area where she was released last June 12 on Independence Day. 


Prior to August 16, PEF said that Pamana was in good health as no signs of abnormalities were detected via her tracking device.


PEF is yet to identify suspects for the incident. If found, the criminals will be fined P1 million and can be sentenced with up to 12 years in jail under the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.


There is nowhere else in the world, except for four islands in the country, where Philippine eagles can be found. Only an estimated 400 of them are left, fighting for survival.


Photo from The Philippine Star

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