Officials seek input on condor recovery program

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Land managers and biologists working to boost the population of endangered California condors want to know how they're doing.

More than 130 condors have been released into the northern Arizona wilderness since a reintroduction program began in 1996. The program is reviewed every five years to gauge the public's acceptance of it, success and to gather recommendations.

Comments are being accepted through mid-December.

Steve Spangle of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says he'd like to hear how condors enrich outdoor experiences, contribute to local economies, interfere with land-use practices and whether local governments incur unexpected costs come from the recovery program.

The goal of the program is to create two geographically separate, self-sustaining populations of condors.

Lead poisoning is the leading cause of death for the birds in Arizona.

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