Endangered condors set to be released into wild

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

VERMILION CLIFFS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) -- Endangered California condors are set to be released into the wild in far northern Arizona later this month.

The public release on Sept. 27 coincides with National Public Lands Day. It will be the 18th release of the birds in Arizona since a recovery program began in 1996.

The condors are hatched and reared in captivity at The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, and transported to Arizona for release. Some of the birds also come from zoos in Oregon and California.

Spotting scopes will be set up at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument for the release.

More than 70 condors are in a flock that roams the Arizona-Utah border.

There were just 22 condors when a program was started to save the species from extinction.

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