Endangered species thrive on US military ranges
SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, California (AP) - North America's rarest bird is rebounding from the brink of extinction on a US Navy bombing range.
The San Clemente Island loggerhead shrike is among scores of endangered species thriving on military lands.
For many, it's a surprising contrast, with troops preparing for war, yet taking precautions to not disturb animals such as the red-cockaded woodpecker and thumb-size Pacific pocket mouse. But military officials downplay the relationship, saying they're concerned primarily with national security.
Defence spending on threatened and endangered species jumped nearly 45 per cent over the past decade to about US$73 million (S$91.7 million) in 2012, and the military protects roughly 420 federally listed species on 28 million acres.