A trio of Florida habitats was conserved some 30 years ago to prevent the native crocodile from extinction. Back in 1975, NBC's Mark Potter told us, there were only 20-or-so breeding female crocs left in the state. The federal Fish & Wildlife Service invoked the Endangered Species Act to preserve swampy areas in Key Largo, in the Everglades and in the warm-water runoff of the Turkey Point nuclear power plant. The crocodiles have so thrived that they are now no longer endangered, just threatened--and the nuclear site was most congenial to their revival.
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