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Wood storks proposed for removal from "endangered" listing following Florida homebuilders' petition

A wood stork flies in Shark Valley in the Everglades. Federal wildlife officials are considering lifting the "endangered" classification from the birds. Photo by Dave 2x.

Federal wildlife officials said Tuesday they have proposed lifting the "endangered" classification for wood storks because the species range has spread from Florida to other southeastern states.

Representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the proposed classification to "threatened" represents a conservation success story. But some environmentalists said the agency was mistaken because wood storks still are struggling in South Florida, where they previously were concentrated.

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