ABOUT two months after her release in the wild, three-year-old Philippine Eagle named “Pamana” was found dead last August 16 by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) Biologists and local forest guards inside Mount Hamiguitan Range in Davao Oriental where the bird was released.
The bird’s carcass was found by the Philippine Eagle Team already in the advance state of decomposition, necropsy report at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao city revealed that a 5 mm bullet hole on the right chest of the bird, a shattered gun pellet was also found from the carcass.
Pamana, which means heritage, was named after Mount Hamiguitan was claimed as the country’s sixth World Heritage site last 2014. She suffered from two gunshot wounds and was less than a year old when rescued by the Philippine Eagle Team in 2012 and rehabilitated aat the center in Malagos, Calinan District, Davao City.
PEF executive director Dennis Salvador in a TV interview said that 90 percent of Philippine Eagles that they release in the wild are being shot and there are about 400 pairs of the endangered birds estimated in the wild are faced with threats of deforestation and hunting.
Pamana’s death is a concrete example of how unsafe our forests are for endangered animals to live. How unfortunate that Pamana did not live for a year being in the wild, this time she did not survived.
The Philippine Eagle is known as one of the emblems of Davao and as we are all in a festive mood here in the city with the celebration of the 30th Kadayawan Festival, let us take time to ponder what happened to Pamana and the situation of other endangered animals out in the wild.