The fastest animal on Earth making a comeback in New Jersey

Peregrine Falcon

JEN URSILLO / NEW JERSEY 101.5 – Peregrine falcon populations declined drastically across much of the United States due to the widespread use of the pesticide DDT before it was banned in 1972. In fact, the peregrine falcon populations were completely wiped out east of the Mississippi River by the 1950s and 1960s.

Once DDT was outlawed and the peregrine falcon gained endangered species protection, a population comeback was made possible.

David Wheeler, executive director of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, said falcons populations have grown in New Jersey ever since …

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