SANTA CLARITA (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has told the developer of a 60,000-resident community along the Santa Clara River that it will not tolerate the harm or killing of any endangered California condors during construction.

Agency wildlife biologist Rick Farris tells the Los Angeles Times the agency would allow for the capture and relocation of one condor over the next 25 years if necessary.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has questioned whether the Army Corps of Engineers has adequately considered the environmental impact of the Newhall Ranch development 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The corps is expected to issue a permit that would allow developer Newhall Land to fill in wetlands in areas to be developed on the 12,000-acre ranch. Some of these areas are used by condors.

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