(Jefferson City) The Missouri Conservation Commission is giving initial approval to remove the peregrine falcon from the state’s endangered species list.
Peregrine falcon populations plummeted nationwide from the 1940s to the 1960s due to pesticides like D.D.T.
The peregrine was placed on the federal endangered species list in 1970 and Missouri’s list in 1974.
The falcons were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999.
The world’s fastest bird has made a comeback in Missouri with 14 known active breeding pairs prompting its removal from the state list.