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Experts seek to remove fox from endangered list

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A group of experts says two subspecies of a rare fox that lives only on an island chain off the Southern California coast should be removed from the endangered species list.

Scientists said Tuesday that a recovery plan has led to a 90 percent survival rate among the foxes and the animals no longer need special protection.

The comments came during an annual meeting of experts and community members in the Channel Islands called the Island Fox Conservation Working Group.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers certain factors when a group is petitioning to have an animal removed from the endangered species list.

Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Gavin Shire says the agency is open to considering the petition but budget concerns may delay the process.

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