June 18, 2009
Pacific Seabird Still Under Protection
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the marbled murrelet in Washington, Oregon and California should remain protected as a threatened species.
On Wednesday, the agency said that it finished its five-year review of the small seabirds that nest in old trees. The federal biologist found that the birds in the three states are a distinct population that continues to fall due to a wide variety of threats.
Timber groups have tried to remove the bird from federal protection through a petition. A decision is expected to be made in coming months from the petition.
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