𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝟏𝟓 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒 – Three (3) live juvenile Asian small-clawed otters (scientific name: 𝑨𝒐𝒏𝒚𝒙 𝒄𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒖𝒔, locally known as “𝑫𝒖𝒏𝒈𝒐𝒏”) were turned over to the PCSDS Ecan Zoning Management and Enforcement Division (EZMED) by a Barangay Tanod from San Pedro, City of Puerto Princesa.
According to the account of the Barangay Tanod identified as Mr. Magencio R. Rivera, Jr., the otters were found at two o’clock in the morning crossing Socrates Road during their routine patrol operation in the area. Worrying for the animal’s safety, they decided to contact the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development for appropriate action and proper disposition of the animal.
Currently, the juvenile otters are under the custody of the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC), where they will be under observation by the resident veterinarian and be scheduled for release back into their natural habitat once they are deemed “fit for release”.
The Asian small-clawed otter is listed as an “Critically Endangered” species under PCSD Resolution 23-967.
The PCSDS encourages fellow citizens who happen to encounter or capture any live wildlife to kindly turn them over to our office or call our hotlines: PCSDS Wildlife Enforcement Unit (WEU) at 09319642128 (TNT) and 09656620248 (TM), or the PCSDS Front Desk hotline at 0935-116-2336 (Globe/TM) and 0948-937-2200 (Smart/TNT). You can also send a message to our Facebook page for any concerns you may have.