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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says American white pelicans are nesting at a south central North Dakota refuge in near-record numbers.


Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge Manager Neil Shook says an aerial count shows 31,534 breeding adults. Last year, about 10,000 fewer pelicans were counted. A record 35,466 birds were counted in 2000.

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