A GRASS owl has been placed under the care of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Regional Wildlife and Rescue Center for treatment before its release back to the wild.

DENR Information Officer Rosevirico Tan said Thursday, March 10, that the owl was retrieved last week by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro)-Ramon Magsaysay in Sandal village, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur.

Tan said Cenro-Ramon Magsaysay headed by Geofrey Zayas sent a quick response team to retrieve the raptor after receiving the Mahayag Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office reported that an adult grass owl is in the possession of the municipal government.

The raptor was voluntarily handed over to Mahayag Mayor Manuel Saladaga by Emeliano Emfil who found the grass owl.

Saladaga praised Emfil for his efforts in saving the wildlife.

The mayor also assured that his office will continue to support positive collaboration with DENR in the conservation of the environment and natural resources.

Tan said the grass owl will be sent back to its natural habitat once it is already healthy and fitted for release.

Tan urged the public to immediately report any wildlife concerns to the agency for the proper handling, rescue, and retrieval operations.

They may call or send a text message to DENR’s hotline at 0948-147-1250. (SunStar Zamboanga)

Source: SunStar (https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1923228/zamboanga/local-news/grass-owl-retrieved-in-zamboanga-del-sur-town)