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  •  They are a native bird, but were hunted to near (3+ / 0-)
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    extinction.  In the earlier part of the 20th century their numbers were precarious, and they were reintroduced and protected across much of the country.  Fortunately for them, they reproduce faster than falcons or condors.  When they started coming back, many of their former predators (coyotes, etc.) had been eradicated across much of their range, so they bounced back quickly.  On the west coast, they're mostly an introduced species; I'm not sure if there were any naturally occurring populations but they were "planted" all over.

    So now, yeah... they're pests in some places.  If there were more coyotes (and hawks/owls to take the poults) this wouldn't be the case.

    Lead your life - don't let your life lead you.

    by lineatus on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:37:45 PM PST

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