Wood stork off endangered list after recovery in U.S. Southeast

June 26, 2014 10:50 PM

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Wood stork off endangered list after recovery in U.S. Southeast

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The wood stork, a large American wading bird, is no longer an endangered species after a successful three-decade conservation effort that has seen the population spread through the Southeast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday.

The federal agency said it had changed the status of the species to threatened. Wood storks, were deemed endangered in 1984, when the population was dropping by 5 percent a year.

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