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U.S. announces recovery of California’s rare island fox

General August 11, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three groups of California’s rare island fox were removed from the U.S. endangered species list on Thursday, and a fourth was downgraded to threatened, marking the fastest recovery yet for an American mammal once deemed to be on the brink of extinction. The population of the four subspecies of foxes in question on the California’s Channel Islands, which had plunged to fewer than 200 animals during the late 1990s, has bounced back to nearly 5,000 as of 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported. (Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler)Animal and Pet News

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