Environment: Who Stole the Falcons?

California's peregrine falcons are rarer than giant condors. Only about a dozen of them have been sighted in the whole state. So when two fledglings hatched in a nest near the top of a sheer, 580-ft. rock on Morro Bay, neighborhood Bird Watchers Vernon Davy and his wife organized a round-the-clock vigil. But falconers, who want the birds for hunting, were also on the alert.

Early this month two of them slipped past the bird watchers and climbed the peak, only to be arrested on the way down. The fledglings were returned to their nest. A second raid was organized by a...

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