Philippines Has Cecil Tragedy With Killing Of Eagle Pamana

Posted: Aug 21 2015, 7:03am CDT | by , in News | Also on the Geek Mind

Philippines has Cecil Tragedy with Killing of Eagle Pamana
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Officials on the Philippines are searching for the killer of a highly endangered Philippine Eagle named Pamana.

Last month the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe caused outrage around the world. Now the Philippines has a similar case. One of the last highly endangered Philippine Eagle has be found shot. It had a name and a GPS device.

Pamana has been shot before as a young eagle. She was rescued in 2012. The Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City has managed to heal Pamana and released her into the wild just past June.

CNN reports that on August 10 Panama's GPS transmitter switch to "mortality mode" on August 10. 6 days later a team from the Philippine Eagle Foundation found Panama and determined that the eagle had been shot.

Officials are now searching for the killer of Pamana and there is a P200,000 ($4,200) reward for the capture of the hunters. Killing endangered wildlife species can be punished with 6 to 12 years in prison and with a fine ranging from P100,000 to P1 million ($2,100 to $21,000).

The hunters likely just wanted Pamana's talons which according to GMA News can fetch up to $200 on the black market.

There are only 400 pairs of Philippine Eagles left in the wild today according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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