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Catalina Island Fox off endangered list?

February 4, 2009 9:36:15 AM PST
A population boom could soon take the Catalina Island Fox off the endangered species list.The fox is a subspecies of five pound foxes unique to the island. Ten years ago there were just about a hundred of the animals following an outbreak of canine distemper virus. In 1999, the Catalina Wildlife Conservancy and Institute for Wildlife Studies began a recovery program with captive breeding and vaccinations.

A recent count puts the number of foxes at 784.


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