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Catching the condor: Once dozens of birds are trapped successfully at Bitter Creek for their semiannual checkups, individual birds must be culled from the pen with oversized butterfly nets, yellow brooms, and plenty of persistence. "This doesn't happen so often that they're used to it, but like nest entry, they accept it," said field supervisor Brandt, whose work has shown that-contrary to long-held beliefs-humans can interact with condors to help their health without ruining the bird's wild mentality.

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