At about 8 in the morning of February 19, 2011, this writer's attention was caught by a young gentleman who was carrying a bat like creature and he approached the gentleman and requested him to take pictures. This writer found out that, it was indeed, a bat and a couple of shoots were taken.
Due to the proximity of this writer's residence at Barangay Barretto to the Subic forest, he simply concluded that the creature is an example of the fruit bats that are found in Subic forest. Asked the gentleman how he happened to get the bat he said, "the bat was feeding on the flowers of his Kapok tree so, he hunted it with a sling shot and unfortunately the bat was caught alive and displayed on the wall viewed from the residence of this writer".
The issue of protection and conservation of the remaining wild life at Subic forest and neighboring areas are at steak in this instance. The hunting of the bat talked about in this report indicates that, there is no substantive awareness of local residents concerning the protection and conservation of the reamaining species of wild life in Barangay Barretto and in Subic forest in general hence, there must be a government office attached to the Local Government Unit that must be tasked to take charge of the protection and preservation of the forests and all forms of wild life that live in there. The unrestricted hunting by irresponsible citizens of these wild animals make them endangered species.
Local Government Units must legislate ordinances to protect all forms of wild life found and are still triving within their respective jurisdictions and whoever will violate such ordinances will suffer the consequences of their deeds.