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The peregrine falcon is an impressive predator, with the ability to launch into a steep dive that can exceed 200 miles per hour to catch their prey. They've been known to nest high in bridges, which is not the best place for them, given their chicks can topple from that height and land on the bridge or in the water below. Since the banning of DDT and other similar, harmful pesticides, as well as rescue efforts to save the chicks that fall from the nests, the peregrine falcon has made a dramatic comeback and is no longer an endangered species. But now people in San Francisco are being told not to rescue the chicks that fall from Bay Area bridges, because the predator has increased in population so much. It's sad to think of these chicks dying or drowning because people are now being asked not to rescue them any more, but it is an unfortunate fact of bird life that early fledglings often die. It's population control, pure and simple.
Contributed by Bridget LaMonica