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Alcala notes poor enforcement
of wildlife ordinance in Neg.Or.

BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

A sanctuary of wild monkeys in Negros Oriental is seeking the intervention of local government units for its survival.

Valor Dionesio, of the Bukidnon tribe in Sta. Catalina in the province where the wild monkeys are located, he is asking only for bananas to feed more than 50 wild monkeys that are scattered in a two-hectare lot in Barangay Obat, Sta. Catalina.

Dionesio stressed, that monkeys are considered wild animals that need equal treatment with that of the wild birds, the wild ducks in Basay, as well as the Visayan spotted deer in Bayawan-Basay areas.

He called on wildlife conservationists to visit the wildlife sanctuary in Sta. Catalina, and see for themselves the beauty of these wild monkeys.

Dionesio said he cannot anymore sustain the food requirement of the monkeys, which have become a problem to adjacent farms.

Rep. Pryde Henry Teves (Neg. Or. 3rd District) has confirmed that these wild monkeys have caused destruction to adjacent farm lots, prompting farm owners to shoot and kill them. These monkeys feed on young corn and bananas that are planted outside of the wildlife sanctuary.

He suggested to limit their number or transfer some of them to other forests outside of the sanctuary.

Dionesio, also reported about hunting expeditions of persons from the lowlands using improvised shotgun, locally known as “alco-gun” with marbles as ammunition.*JG

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