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Family reluctantly gives up its hold on Santa Rosa Island

Theft by government: The family that once owned Santa Rosa Island off California finally and reluctantly gives up its property.

Fearing condemnation, Vail & Vickers sold Santa Rosa Island to the government for $30 million in 1986. . . . [Then, a] 1997 lawsuit by the National Park and Conservation Assn. hastened the end of both ranching and hunting.