Pelican May Get Off Endangered List

The brown pelican, once on the brink of extinction, has become so abundant that it should be removed from the list of endangered species, U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said on Friday.

Under government supervision, the brown pelican has made a strong comeback after the species vanished from the state in the 1960s because of DDT contamination. The birds were poisoned when they ate fish laced with the pesticide. At the same time, the birds’ numbers were dwindling elsewhere, for instance in California.

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Updated: February 17, 2012 — 7:38 pm

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