Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Home of Free Philippine Eagles

Despite the tragic death of Philippine Eagle "Kagsabua" in July this year, the Philippine Eagle Foundation has announced their plan to release two new eagles into the wild of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park.
The news surprised me at first because there was so much disappointment in the province about the eagle's death.

A 22-year old farmer identified as Bryan Balaon admitted having killed and "consumed" parts of the bird with friends.

Four months after his admission, he is still in the custody of tribal leaders in Intavas in Impasug-ong Bukidnon pending preliminary investigation for the release of his warrant.
The hurdle did not discourage PEF and Bukidnon's environmentalists to press on conserving the forests of Bukidnon, habitat of the majestic Philippine Eagle.
Jason Ibanez said the province has at least 10 natural nesting sites of the eagle making it both a haven and a risk for shooters.
Kagsabua's partner Tinuy-an is free flying in the peak of Mt. Dulang-dulang, still in the range. With the prospects of two more eagles, the province is bound to keep its promise as home of the free people (and eagles, too)! (Photo from PEF)

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