Wildlife sightings in Calabarzon increase, public should ‘leave them alone’ — DENR

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 13) — As humans stay indoors, wildlife starts to freely rediscover nature.

More reports of wildlife sightings have reached the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, especially in Region IV-A, or Calabarzon, amid the enhanced community quarantine that has kept nost people indoors.

It looks like “restrained human activities resulting from the ECQ was helping nature and biodiversity rediscover their natural spaces,” according to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Cimatu has issued an appeal for people not to harm the animals and to just leave them be, unless they are injured, sick, or orphaned.

“With the increased sightings of wild animals occurring in the Calabarzon region, it is important that we remind the public to leave them alone, unless they are sick, orphaned or injured, as we have wildlife experts who can take care of them,” he added.

Recently, two juvenile species of Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) were spotted in Mabini, Batangas, according to DENR.

A team from the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau headed to Batangas on May 10 to retrieve the young Brahminy kites, after receiving a call from a concerned citizen.

The raptors were then brought to the Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City, which will be their temporary home, until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

Cimatu said that human interference with wildlife can result in injury or disease. On the other hand, taking them to the wild limits their chances of surviving.

The DENR chief added that specialized care by experts is required to help these animals recuperate. He encouraged people to report cases of sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife to the BMB.

Possession, transportation and importation of wild animals are regulated under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.