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The Brown Pelican species faced two additional threats in addition to the plume hunters. When food was scarce after World War I, commercial fishermen believed the Brown Pelicans were destroying their industry, and killed thousands of them. Then, when DDT came into use as a pesticide, it caused the Brown Pelican eggs to be so thin that they broke during incubation. By the 1960's Brown Pelicans were no longer seen along the Gulf Coast, and were in trouble in California, too. They were declared endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and fortunately DDT was outlawed a year earlier.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries successfully reintroduced Brown Pelicans into Louisiana from 1968 to 1980, and their populations have also recovered in the rest of the country so much that they have been removed from the endangered species list.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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