Tuesday, March 30, 2010

See Mountain Goats on April 10

Photo Courtesy Lynn Chamberlain, Division of Wildlife Resources

Sandy -- Colorful flowers and warmer weather aren’t the only signs spring is here: so are mountain goats at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon!

You can see and learn more about the goats at a free wildlife-viewing event. The event will be held Saturday, April 10.

Free activities for children are also part of the event.

“April is one of the best months to see the goats,” says Bob Walters, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. “This event will be a great opportunity to get out and watch their sure-footed antics.”

The event will be held at the Park-and-Ride lot at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake County. DWR biologists will be at the lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To reach the canyon, travel east out of Sandy on 9400 South.

“You’ll be able to get a front-row look at these agile rock climbers using spotting scopes and binoculars we’ll have on hand,”

Walters says. “You can also pick up a poster and a card that will teach you more about mountain goats.”

Activities for children will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. “Your kids can stamp goat tracks using ink stamps and paper we’ll make available,” Walters says. “We’ll also have some goat horns and goat fur that you and your kids can pick up and handle.”

For more information, call Walters at (801) 538-4771.

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