Peregrine Falcon From Missouri’s Endangered Species List

The Missouri Conservation Commission has given initial approval to remove the peregrine falcon from the state’s endangered species list.

Peregrine falcon populations plummeted nationwide from the 1940’s to the 1960’s due to pesticides like DDT. 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 fasted bird has made a comeback in Missouri with 14 known active breeding pairs prompting its removal from the state list.