Aleutian goose is off the threatened list

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Aleutian Canada Goose has returned from the brink of extinction and has been lifted from the federal government's threatened species list.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton made the announcement Tuesday at a wildlife conference in Washington, D.C.

The goose population declined when the fur industry introduced foxes to the treeless islands of the Aleutian Chain.

Fewer than 800 Aleutian Canada Geese remained when they were listed as endangered in 1967. A recovery program boosted them to less critical ''threatened'' status in 1990.

Alaska wildlife biologists now estimate that there is a thriving population of about 15,000 birds.

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