Bitterwater, California

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Bitterwater is an unincorporated community in the Bitterwater Valley of San Benito County, California, United States.[1]

Bitterwater Valley, located at the base of the San Andreas mountains on a crucial earthquake fault line, was once the primary habitat of the giant California condors. Around 1946, DDT poison was introduced throughout that area to kill coyotes, prairie dogs, mountain lions, and other animals that ate crops or posed a threat to ranch or farm animals. As the condors ate the animals killed by DDT, they too vanished.[citation needed]


Coordinates: 36°22′49″N 121°00′10″W / 36.38028°N 121.00278°W / 36.38028; -121.00278