California: The Condor Is Grounded

The Condor Is Grounded

"Adult Condor No. 9," as California scientists had designated the last known free-flying condor in the state, hovered over a goat carcass last week in the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, 40 miles southwest of Bakersfield. Sweeping down on its 9 1/2-ft. wingspan, it settled in for breakfast. But the seven-year-old male bird, which had eluded pursuers for seven months, had at last fallen into a trap. Captors hidden nearby set off small explosives that launched a "cannon net" over the condor, and A.C. 9 was grounded for what wildlife experts say is his own good. The bird was endangered by...

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