Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur - Personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Ramon Magsaysay headed by CENRO Geofrey Zayas retrieved an adult Grass Owl (Tyto capensis) in Barangay Sandal, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur on March 4, 2022
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The CENRO RM quick response team retrieved the raptor after receiving a report from the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) regarding a voluntary turnover of the owl to the Municipal Mayor’s office of Mahayag by Mr. Emeliano Emfil, a resident of the said municipality.
 
Municipal Mayor Manuel T. Saladaga praised Mr. Emfil for his efforts in saving the wildlife. The mayor also gave his assurance that his office will continue to support positive collaboration with DENR IX in the conservation of the environment and natural resources.
 
The owl is now under the custody of the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Baclay, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur for proper care and treatment before it’s release back to its natural habitat.
 
DENR IX urges the public to immediately report any wildlife concerns to the agency for the proper handling, rescue, and retrieval operations. You may call/text our hotline at 0948-147-1250 or send a message to our Facebook page at DENR Zamboanga Peninsula.