Reports on loss and killings of various animals in Brgy. San Rafael II, Noveleta was brought to the attention of DENR PENRO Cavite by Mr. Francis Alaric Santiaguel, a resident of the said barangay, who also requested for the conduct of investigation to identify the cause of the said incidents. Based on the reports and interviews with the local communities, they affirm that a wild snake is likely the reason for the loss and killings of farm animals in the area.
Likewise, the incident has also reached the team of Born To Be Wild (BTBW). Hence, a joint investigation with DENR PENRO Cavite through the Surveillance Investigation/Intelligence Unit led by Forester Rhex Calipdan and BTBW headed by Dr. Nielsen Donato was initiated. It resulted in the capture of a wild reticulated python in the area which was examined by Dr. Nonato to check its health status before releasing it to the wild.
After the examination, the said reptile was released within the forestland area adjacent to Mts. Palay-Palay Mataas na Gulod Protected Landscape (MPPMNGPL) at Brgy. Sapang I, Ternate last September 2022.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ferdinand Recio and staff of BTBW also went to Brgy. Mahabang Kahoy Cerca, Indang to investigate reported sightings of a Southern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat (Phloeomys cusmingi). The southern giant slender-tailed cloud rat or Southern Luzon giant cloud rat, also known as “bugkon” in Filipino, is a vulnerable species of rodent in the family Muridae, found only in Southern Luzon. The team scheduled another date of investigation to further explore the area and verify the presence of the said wildlife in the site.