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Wind Power Company Will Help Breed Condors To Replace Those That Have Died

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California's quest for 100% renewable energy could be putting the already fragile condor population in danger. A wind power company has come up with a solution — help breed the endangered birds.

The Manzana Wind Power Project has announced plans to work with a captive breeding facility to fund the breeding of additional condors for release into the wild.

Louis Sahagun, a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, explains how that arrangement might work.

“They want to breed six condors for release when they reach one-and-a-half years of age, which is the age at which they are believed to be able to defend themselves,” he said.

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According to Sahagun, Manzana has offered to spend $527,000 to raise condors.

At its lowest population count, there were just 18 California Condors left. Through captive breeding programs, that number has grown to nearly 500 over the course of four decades.

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