DAGUPAN CITY – The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) here issued a warning to the public from engaging in illegal hunting of wildlife including migratory birds this month of September, which is considered as the annual bird migration season in the country.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Celso S. Salazar disclosed that aside from the fact that the country is still affected by avian influenza, migratory birds should not be subjected to illegal hunting as provided for under Republic Act No. 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act”, which prohibits this kind of activity.
September, he said, has been considered as the month when the migratory birds begin arriving in the country and settling along coastal and wetland areas as well as in forested sites for an interval of seven months for them to take a rest and refuel for their journey back to their breeding grounds by March the following year.
In this regard, the CENRO is strongly seeking the assistance of the city government in disseminating the public advisory issued by the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) against hunting these migratory birds , even as it called on the people to help protect the birds.
The public is strongly advised that culling, poisoning or chasing migratory birds is strongly discouraged for these are ineffective and counterproductive; migratory birds such as ducks, gulls, hawks and eagles, rails and coots are also susceptible to highly pathogenic avian influenza virus and handling any sick or dead birds is strongly discouraged.
At the same time, domestic poultry should not be permitted to roam or be raised in areas frequented by migratory birds and must be kept separate from wild birds and other wildlife.
Salazar encouraged everyone to inform the nearest DENR office, the city government or the police if they have knowledge of anyone who has harmed or engaged in the illegal activities against migratory birds, or encountered any incidences of dead wild birds in their area. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Sept. 6, 2017)