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Wounded Philippine deer rescued in Balbalan, Kalinga

Updated: May 5, 2023


Balbalan, Kalinga – A young wounded Philippine deer was rescued by the authorities in Balbalasang, Balbalan recently.


Rusa Marianna or Philippine deer is said to be classified as vulnerable or threatened with extinction unless the things and circumstances such as habitat loss or destruction that are harmful to their survival improve.

The male fawn was seen trapped by the authorities patrolling the Mount Sapocoy in Balbalasang, Balbalan, as reported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Cordillera Administrative Region on May 3, 2023.


After freeing the calf from the nylon loop trap, said personnel who were from the Protected Area and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office took the young animal for emergency care as he sustained a minor injury.


Apart from the snare that caught the deer, there were other 50 wildlife traps the authorities dismantled during their patrol at the Sapocoy mountain.


The team later decided to follow the Umbali Creek where they discovered other species such as the remains of a Philippine long-tailed macaque they believed to have died of old age. There was also a dead red junglefowl that fell into one of the traps.

Further, there was also a Philippine pit viper snake that greeted the staff on patrol. The snake was on a tree ready to bite, according to the DENR.


With the traps destroyed in the mountain, the team reiterated Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act to the community to remind them that collecting and gathering of wildlife from their habitat without permit is punishable by law.


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