Brown Pelican Removed from Endangered Species List
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After once nearing extinction due to pesticide use, the US government announced that the brown pelican is no longer endangered. The US government placed the brown pelican on the endangered species list in 1970 due to DDT use, over-hunting, and loss of habitat. The US ban on DDT in 1972 was instrumental to its recovery. At their lowest point there were approximately 10,000 brown pelicans in Florida, across the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Now, approximately 650,000 brown pelicans range across those regions. For more information, see Reuters.