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Catalina Island fox gains numbers. Greatest danger now? People.
Catalina Island fox gains numbers. Greatest danger now? People.

The Santa Catalina subspecies of Channel Islands fox -- found only on that island, about 22 miles from the Southern California mainland -- soon may be removed from the list of endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering the proposal -- as well as a separate plan that would downlist the species from endangered to threatened -- as the fox population has reached 1,700 on this small island resort destination.  This rare subspecies of fox has, in fact, recovered so well that it may be nearing capacity. Conservation biologist Julie King told the L.A. Times that the fox may have reached the point where it is "regulating itself" as the larger...

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