Released Philippine eagle killed in Mt. Kitanglad
July 16, 2008 § 5 Comments
Three-year-old Philippine Eagle “Kagsabua” was killed by a local airgun shooter near the village where
he was released just four months ago inside the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, an environment official said.
Felix Mirasol, community environment and natural resource officer, confirmed to MindaNews Wednesday that witnesses have identified the culprit described as a young man who failed to attend information
drive on the Philippine Eagle (pithecophaga jefferyi).
Mirasol is the Mt. Kitanglad Protected Area superintendent.
Kagsabua was last sighted on July 7 and was known to be missing between July 8 and 10, Mirasol said. He said a search operation was immediately launched.On July 12, he said, the transmitter gadget attached to the eagle’s body was found buried at least six inches in the bank of creek.
Kagsabua is reportedly the first eagle fitted with a satellite transmitter and a VHF radio to monitor his activities.
No carcasses were found, but Mirasol said feathers identified to be of the eagle were found near the gadget. Walter Dalasanay, head of the Kitanglad Porters Association, also reported recovery on July 15 of
two avian feet believed to have belonged to Kagsabua.
Mirasol said he ordered a “full blown investigation” on July 14.
Mirasol quoted Celestinano Yabunan, head of the Kitanglad Guard Volunteers (KGV), as saying on Wednesday that three witnesses are signing an affidavit that they saw a man, whose name was not made
available as of press time, shot and ate the male eagle in La Fortuna village, next to Lupiagan, where the eagle was released by officials of the Philippine Eagle Foundation and other government and community
officials in March this year. (To be updated)