A federal judge promised to extend his court order halting the roundup of the last five wild California condors as an official hinted that he may delay capturing a mating pair of birds until they produce eggs.
U.S. District Judge Barrington Parker, who on Thursday issued a 10-day restraining order barring the capture of the five endangered condors, said during a Friday hearing in Washington that he will extend the order until the end of the month.
That will allow time for the National Audubon Society, which sued to halt the capture, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which supports the roundup, to prepare their arguments.
The Audubon Society believes the condor roundup will reduce the endangered species' chances for survival by threatening their habitat and making re-establishment of a wild population difficult.