Plans to bring into protective captivity the remaining California condors in the wild could receive new impetus as a result of a federal appeals court decision in Washington that was made public late Tuesday.
The District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower federal District Court injunction banning the capture of the remaining birds, the attorney for the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos said Tuesday. Attorney Cynthia Ryan said that the U.S. Justice Department notified her of the decision.
Ryan represented the zoos at the appeals court level, supporting the position of the U.S. Justice and Interior departments that bringing the huge, endangered birds in from the wild was the best way to prevent their extinction.
The National Audubon Society had argued successfully at the district court level against the captures, saying that the federally protected condor habitat northwest of Los Angeles might not be preserved if no birds are left in the wild and that none of the condors have been bred successfully in captivity.