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Pacific Seabird Still Under Protection

June 18, 2009

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.

Although the birds reside from California to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, only those in Washington Oregon and California are under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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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