Posted: May 15, 2013
Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times/GW
The Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday said the operators of wind farms in the Tehachapi Mountains will not be charged if their turbines kill protected condors.
The announcement drew anger from environmentalists, who said the move undermines the California condor program.
The birds were nearly extinct 25 years ago and still have a small population. Federal laws prohibit their disturbance or killing.
But FWS made an exception for the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch that will last for 50 years. The wind project is expected to expand to cover 8 percent of critical condor habitat.