DFG recommended the delisting of the American peregrine falcon
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Subject: Fish and Game Commission votes to remove American peregrine falcon from state Endangered Species List
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:20:24 -0700
From: DFG News <DFGNews@...>
California Fish and Game News
Date: August 13, 2009
Contact: Lyann Comrack, DFG Wildlife Biologist, (916) 341-6981
Dana Michaels, DFG Information Officer, (916) 322-2420
Fish and Game Commission votes to remove American peregrine falcon from state Endangered Species List.
The California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) has voted to remove the American peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum) from California's endangered species list. The unanimous vote at the Aug. 6 meeting was only the second time the commission has ever voted to delist an endangered species due to its recovery
DFG recommended the delisting of the American peregrine falcon based on long-term monitoring data showing an increased breeding population,
reoccupation of most of the historic breeding range in California and reduction in the threats that led to the listing. The first such event occurred in February, 2009 when the Commission voted to remove the California brown pelican from the list.
The Commission's decision must be reviewed by the Office of Administrative Law before the species can be officially removed from the Endangered Species list. The American peregrine falcon is currently designated as a Fully Protected Species under the Fish and Game Code; that will not change as a result of the delisting. It is still illegal to kill, harm or harass an American peregrine falcon in California.
DFG, USFWS, The Bird Group, and other cooperators will continue to monitor the American peregrine falcon population. California taxpayers
can support DFG's Rare and Endangered Species Preservation program by donating to a dedicated fund on Line 403 of their state income tax Form 540.
For more information about this and other nongame wildlife, please visit the DFG Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame.
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-- Holly Harvey