Condors Pulled From Calif. Fires

Calif. wildlife group moves to protect rare birds
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 2:02 PM CDT
Condors Pulled From Calif. Fires
A California condor living in captivity sits on a tree stump at the Los Angeles Zoo in this undated file photo.    (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Scott Frier)

Wildfires in Northern California spurred the rescue of eight California condors from their Monterey County refuge, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The unusual operation was performed by a US Coast Guard helicopter crew after a wildlife organization said that the fires threatened the condor sanctuary. The birds were taken to another preserve nearby. There are only 315 California condors in existence. (More condors stories.)

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