Tuesday, February 12, 2008

U.S. proposes removing brown pelican from endangered species list

Bloomberg reports that U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has proposed completely removing the brown pelican from the endangered species list. after almost 40 years. Kempthorne attributed the brown pelican's rebound in part to the U.S. ban on the use of the pesticide DDT in 1972. The proposal will be published in the Federal Register and a 60-day comment period will follow. Florida's brown pelicans had previously been removed from the list.

The press release from the Department of Interior's website is available here. The website also features a factsheet (pdf) from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as photos and video footage.

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