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Captive-bred California condors released into the wild in Kern County

Condors released into the wild in Kern County
Condors released into the wild in Kern County
Posted at 1:18 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 16:18:59-05
 Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s California Condor Recovery Program released six captive-bred endangered California condors into the wild in Kern County.
 
“Releasing captive-bred birds is the quickest way to increase the number of wild condors, with the ultimate goal of achieving a self-sustaining, free-flying population,” said Molly Astell, a wildlife biologist with the California Condor Recovery Program.
 
The release brings the population of condors to the Southern California flock to approximately 80 birds.
 
Each bird is equipped with a GPS transmitter which will allow biologists to monitor their activities and threats.