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Army Coexists With Woodpeckers

Posted April 17, 1996 7:00 a.m. EDT

— April 18, 1996 - 4:50 p.m. EDT

The Triangle has attracted hosts of people from all over the country, but it's got nothing on Fort Bragg. The Army Post near Fayetteville has become a drawing card for Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers.

The endangered species likes the area so much that Fort Bragg and Moore County have the second-largest population of the woodpeckers in the world.

Loathe to disturb the rare residents, officials on post have restricted full training in areas where the birds live and nest, but this limits the Army's ability to prepare troops for combat.

The solution? Build new houses for the birds and put them away from the main action.

Chief of the Endangered Species Act Scott Bebb says they hope to lure the woodpeckers to safer spots.

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It takes the birds five years to make a house on their own.

Fort Bragg hopes to speed the process up so the woodpeckers will move away from prime trianing ground