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PIA Press Release
2009/06/05

Hunt for missing croc on

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (5 June) -- A reward money worth P10,000 to P15,000 has been offered for the capture of a male crocodile (bull) which escaped from a farm at Sigma, Capiz when typhoon Frank hit the province in June last year.

The offer was aired over "Bombohanay sa Udto" program over Bombo Radyo - Roxas by an Iranian national who is allegedly the owner of another crocodile - a female -which was captured lurking along Panay River at Barangay Jamul-awon, Panay last week.

The captured reptile which is 12 inches in diameter was reportedly turned-over by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Capiz to the farm of Pontevedra Mayor Esteban Jose Contreras in Pontevedra town.

"We have not issued any permit to raise wild animals especially crocodiles," said DENR Capiz employee.

The search to determine the real owner of the crocodile has been ordered by concerned local government officials and information to this effect was carried by local mediamen until the Iranian national made the claim.

The Philippine crocodile has been considered as critically endangered species as included in the list of threatened species and their categories and the list of other wildlife species under the jurisdiction of DENR pursuant to Republic Act No. 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.

Critically endangered species refers to a species or subspecies that is facing extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future.

The missing crocodile and the captured one are said to belong to another species - not Philippine crocodiles. (PIA) [top]

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