Bald eagles found on California island for first time in 50 years

July 17, 2014 11:05 PM

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Bald eagles found on California island for first time in 50 years

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A pair of nesting bald eagles have been found on San Clemente Island off the Southern California coast for the first time in more than 50 years, the National Park Service said on Thursday, marking the latest step in their comeback from near extinction.

The discovery means that bald eagles, which vanished from the Channel Islands in the early 1960s due to DDT poisoning and once were listed as an endangered species, have now returned to five of the eight islands in the chain.

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