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Javan hawk-eagle released in Mt. Wilis forest amid poaching, trafficking risk

Asip Hasani

The Jakarta Post

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Ponorogo, East Java  /  Mon, November 25, 2019  /  03:02 pm
Javan hawk-eagle released in Mt. Wilis forest amid poaching, trafficking risk

A one-year-old male Javan hawk-eagle perches on a branch in its rehabilitation cage at the Mt. Picis and Mt. Sigogor conservation area in Ponorogo regency, East Java. The photo was taken shortly before the eagle was released on Wednesday. (JP/Courtesy of YKEI)

A one-year-old Javan hawk-eagle was released at the Mt. Picis and Mt. Sigogor nature conservation area in Ponorogo regency, East Java, on Wednesday. Poaching and trafficking laws are poorly enforced in the region, putting the young Javan hawk-eagle in danger.  “Strong law enforcement is, in fact, more important at the moment to deter those who hunt and traffic the Javan hawk-eagle,” Indonesia Foundation of Eagle Conservation (YKEI) head Gunawan told The Jakarta Post after the raptor’s release. “Releasing the Javan hawk-eagle is important because this raptor is almost impossible keep for breeding, as it has a flying ritual in its natural habitat for the courting and mating process,” said Gunawan. A male Javan hawk-eagle is released by the East Java National Resource Conservation Center (BBKSDA) at the Mt. Picis and Mt. Sigogo conservation a...