The Negros Oriental Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office yesterday said efforts are being made to preserve the remaining spotted deer, the wild pigs locally known as “bakatin”, the monkeys in Sta. Catalina, and other endangered wildlife in the province.
PENRO Mercy Teves, in a press conference in Dumaguete City yesterday, said that the Yanson family in the south has allotted a big portion of their fenced property for the endangered spotted deer and wild pigs under an industrial forest management agreement.
Paul Cariño of the Negros Oriental Wildlife Conservation Council said the Police Environment Desk officers do not report on the status of the endangered species in the area and what measures are being done to protect them from hunters.
He said the spotted deer can be found in the hinterland barangays of Basay, Bayawan, Sta. Catalina, Buenavista in Mt. Talinis, Dobdob, Valencia down, Sibulan and Amlan. There are about 300 of them in the wild, while the Oriental wild pigs are considered critically-endangered with less than 300 roaming the forests, Cariño added.
He is urging the provincial government to hold another environment summit to assess the state of the wild species in Negros Oriental.*JG
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