OPERATIVES from the Quezon Provincial Police nabbed a group engaged in illegal animal trade in Tayabas town, Quezon province, reports said on Monday.
Radio reports said that the checkpoint team intercepted the suspects at about 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The police seized about173 mynah birds, three blue-naped parrots, four Palawan hornbills and five Palawan river otters during the operations. Police said that the group, carrying the endangered species, was heading to a port in Lucena City aboard a motorboat when the police intercepted them.
Meanwhile, the intercepted endangered species have been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office in Que-zon province. DENR said that a team from the DENR main office in Metro Manila was also sent to the area to check the confiscated wildlife.