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Officials want to know how 2 condors died

TEHACHAPI — State wildlife officials are trying to learn how two endangered California condors died after the birds were found last month in water tanks used by firefighters in California's Central Valley.

The bodies have been sent to a forensics lab in Oregon to try to determine the cause of death, the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1aN96aO) reported Sunday. They were discovered last month in separate water tanks in the Tehachapi area, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

Because the condors number only about 100 in the wild, losing two in the same month is significant.

The first bird was discovered Oct. 2 after a tracking transmitter that wildlife authorities had attached to it quit working.

Kern County firefighters taking part in "The Great California Shakeout" earthquake preparedness drill found the second one on Oct. 17.

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