Condors Pulled From Calif. Fires

Calif. wildlife group moves to protect rare birds
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 2:02 PM CDT
A California condor living in captivity sits on a tree stump at the Los Angeles Zoo in this undated file photo.    (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Scott Frier)
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(Newser) – Wildfires in Northern California spurred the rescue of eight California condors from their Monterey County refuge, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The unusual operation was performed by a US Coast Guard helicopter crew after a wildlife organization said that the fires threatened the condor sanctuary. The birds were taken to another preserve nearby. There are only 315 California condors in existence.