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Condors Released Into California Wilderness

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 1995

Six young California condors were released deep inside the Los Padres National Forest Wednesday after spending months in a camp designed to teach the vultures to avoid humans and high-voltage power poles.

It was the fourth batch of zoo-bred birds released into the wild since the $20 million condor restoration program was launched a decade ago.

Wildlife biologists decided to move the release site to the remote area of northeastern Santa Barbara County after five of the previously released vultures died from human-made hazards.

Their deaths - four from colliding with power lines and one from drinking anti-freeze - prompted wildlife biologists to design an education program to put the fear of man in the birds.

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