The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has recommended removing the peregrine falcon from the state endangered species list.
Several more steps still must be taken, however, before that happens. The approval by the commission on Tuesday is subject to review by the attorney general and governor, a process that can take more than two months. After that, the move would become official 30 days after it is published in the Indiana Register, unless a later effective date is specified.
The move comes after state Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists announced they had placed bands on a record 44 peregrine falcon chicks at 15 nesting sites this spring, breaking previous record of 38 chicks set last year.
Peregrine falcons became endangered decades ago because of pesticides.
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