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Originally published Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM

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Feds accept petition on captive orca Lolita

The federal government has agreed to accept a petition that asked to have captive killer whale Lolita included in the endangered species listing for Puget Sound orcas.

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SEATTLE —

The federal government has agreed to accept a petition that asked to have captive killer whale Lolita included in the endangered species listing for Puget Sound orcas.

Lolita was captured from that whale population in 1970 and is now at the Miami Sequarium.

Her fellow orcas spend most of their time in Washington's Puget Sound and British Columbia. Lolita is a member of the L pod, or family.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has listed these Southern Resident orcas as endangered since 2005. The wild population currently numbers 84.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is working with other animal rights groups to have Lolita freed from captivity, filed this petition.

The decision announced Wednesday will add Lolita to a current review of the status of Puget Sound orcas as an endangered species.

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NOAA: http://1.usa.gov/14767qM

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