How long will the condor survive?

Regarding the article "Flight of the Condor (and Ferret)," Sept. 25: It's great to hear that there has been progress in repopulating the California condor. But I am very surprised that officials appear eager to let the massive amounts of time and money they have spent on the project be wasted.If, as the article states, hunting was the indirect as well as direct cause of the condor's near extinction, won't the same thing happen again without restrictions on hunting? Somehow the fact that wildlife officials are "urging" hunters not to kill the birds and "wanting" hunters to bury deer carcasses does not leave me feeling hopeful for the success of the reintroduction program and the continued survival of this magnificent species. Wendy W. Landry, Winter Park, Fla. Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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