Giant condor spotted in Bay Area for first time in more than 100 years
The giant California condor, which once reached on the verge of extinction due to insecticides like DDT, was recently spotted in the Bay Area of California. Wildlife experts are excited to spot the condor in the area as it is the first sighting of this species in as many as 110 years.
The sighted condor has been named "Lupine," and the researchers are still surprised to learn that the bird flew more than 100 miles away to reach the area.
Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society, Lupine was released into the wild from Big Sur around a year ago, and that the bird's sighting in the Bay Area showed that the species started making a comeback.
Speaking on the topic, Sorenson said, "She was released into the wild from Big Sur a year ago, so this shows she is really spreading out her range. This sighting shows that we're on the right track. The population is breeding and expanding."
The origin of the California condor can be traced as back as the ice age. Researchers have found remains of this prehistoric species in Los Angeles' La Brea Tar Pits.
Apart from pesticides likes DDT and poisons, dwindling sources of food hurt these birds of prey. The population of California condor contracted to merely 22 in 1982, forcing wildlife experts to take several decisive actions to save the species from becoming extinct, such as capturing the remaining birds and start a breeding program in an amiable environment at zoos.
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