Posted Thursday, 04 April 2013 11:10
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.
A mountain goat perches on a rocky outcropping at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. You can see the goats during a free wildlife-viewing event on April 20.
Photo by Scott Root
You can see and learn more about the goats at a free wildlife-viewing event. The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold the event on April 20.
Bob Walters, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for the DWR, says April is one of the best months to see the goats. "This event will be a great opportunity to get out and watch their sure-footed antics," he says.
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
The April 20 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 4 p.m.
To reach the canyon, travel east from Sandy on 9400 South.
"You'll get a front-row look at these agile rock climbers using spotting scopes and binoculars that we'll provide," Walters says. "You can also pick up a poster and a card that will teach you more about mountain goats. And we'll be happy to answer any questions you have."
For more information, call Walters at 801-209-5326.
Viewing goats on your own
If you'd like to see the goats before April 20, swing by the parking lot any time during the day. Fixed-point telescopes are available in the lot. The telescopes allow you to zoom in on the goats. The lot also includes an interpretive panel that will teach you more about the goats.
Walters says goats are usually visible at the mouth of the canyon from November through mid April. After mid April, the goats head to higher elevations to spend the summer.
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