The agency has advised hunters to remove, bury or hide shot carcasses or gut piles away from scavenging birds such as condors
, eagles and turkey vultures.
In an effort to conserve these magnificent birds, the Service--with help from a number of partnering organizations--implemented an aggressive recovery program, which involved capturing all remaining wild condors
in 1987 and placing in a captive breeding program at the Los Angeles Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
usually do not breed before 8 years of age, and successful pairs tend to lay a single egg every other year.
When hunters kill an animal and fail to remove the entire carcass, condors
often feast upon the remains and ingest the toxic metal found in bullets.
It was discovered that condors
can indeed breed in captivity and captured wild birds proved invaluable mentors for hatchlings to ensure the chicks develop condor
recovery program has lost many birds to lead poisoning since FWS began releasing condors
in 1992, but none in the last three years.
The Sespe--along with Big Sur, Baja, and an area of Arizona's Grand Canyon--is a nature reserve where, over the past two decades, condors
have been saved from extinction through a zoo-based program of capture, breeding, and reintroduction to the wild.
Hopes are high that the condors
will breed next year.
The Andean Condor
SSP has provided over 70 condors
for release into the wild in Colombia and a few in Venezuela over the past 15 years.
A cliff-dwelling California condor
chick in Ventura County, Calif.
Once on the brink of extinction, there are now more California condors
both in the wild and in captivity in at least a hall" century.
Vecchio thinks condors
might be released in Oregon as soon as three or four years from now, perhaps in the remote Siskiyou Mountains, but he admits he's on the optimistic end of the spectrum.
22 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison today received the Department of Interior's Public Service Award -- its highest honor -- for the electric company's efforts to reintroduce California Condors
to the wild.
Lead ammunition poses a threat to the condors
when the birds eat carrion containing the bullet fragments.
Federal and state authorities who flocked to the scene say the spill has not harmed the condors