Egyptian bird invades Florida landfill

9:45 AM, Nov 14, 2007   |    comments
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West Palm Beach, Florida - Palm Beach County commissioners have decided to let federal authorities decide how to deal with an Egyptian bird species nesting at a landfill.

Landfills are the sacred ibis' only known U.S. habitat out of captivity. Ancient Egyptians revered the birds. Modern officials believe the fast-breeding, garbage-eating ibis could threaten native Florida birds.

About 100 sacred ibises have been spotted in Florida. Local officials say it's up to the federal wildlife, agriculture and parks authorities to come up with a plan to eradicate the birds. State wildlife officials have recommended shooting the birds to prevent the exotic species from endangering local species.

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