DENR to file raps against alleged shooter of eagle

Legazpi City—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol shall pursue a complaint against an individual found in possession of a wounded Philippine Hawk Eagle in Mayon Volcano Natural Park in Sto. Domingo, Albay.

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said he ordered a thorough investigation on the matter in order to establish a strong case against Tirso Bañares, the alleged wildlife hunter, for violation of the Republic Act No. 9147 or the Phil. Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act.

“The DENR through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Legazpi City is set to file the complaint against the suspect for violation of RA 9147 and of RA 7586 or the NIPAS Act,” Dir. Gonzales said.

Initial reports of forest officers revealed that around noon of August 6, 2014 while the team was monitoring the bush fire in the protected area they came around Bañares’ bunkhouse, and found the latter thereat, in possession of the wounded eagle.

The dying eagle was turned over the Albay Park and Wildlife for immediate treatment, however, the veterinarian was not able to save the life of the raptor due to blood loss.

The CENRO Legazpi City team had also confiscated an improvised air gun supposedly used in shooting down the raptor.

“We have reasons to believe that we have a strong case against Bañares, who fled from the scene when our personnel from CENRO Legazpi City came back to interrogate him. Escape or fleeing would run counter to his statement that he was not the perpetrator of such crime,” Dir. Gonzales added.

Press Release: August 15, 2014