Biologists celebrate 100 endangered Calif. condors now flying where species once reignedBy AP
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
100 endangered Calif. condors flying wild in state
PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT, Calif. — For the first time in half a century, 100 endangered California condors are flying free around the state that once was a domain of the species.
Biologists in Central California are celebrating the milestone announced Wednesday.
The 100-bird benchmark is the latest development in the slow recovery of the majestic birds.
Every fall, captive-bred, year-old condors are released into the wild at Pinnacles National Monument and Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
In 1982, the last 22 California condors were placed in a captive breeding program. Today, there are more than 380 in the world, in captivity and in the wild.
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