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See mountain goats on April 19

Fun activity for kids also part of the event

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 mountain goats on April 19 at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. A free wildlife-viewing event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park-and-ride lot.

You can see mountain goats on April 19 at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. A free wildlife-viewing event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park-and-ride lot.

Photo by Lynn Chamberlain

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 19.

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.

In addition to seeing the goats, your kids can participate in free activities.

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

The April 19 event will be held at the Park-and-Ride lot at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake County. DWR biologists and volunteers 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 have on hand," Walters says. "You can also pick up a card that will teach you more about mountain goats. And we'll be happy to answer any questions you have."

Mountain goat horns and fur will also be available for you and your kids to pick up and handle. An activity your children can participate in will be available from 9 a.m. to noon. "We'll provide ink stamps and paper that your kids can use to stamp their own goat tracks," Walters says.

For more information, call Walters at 801-209-5326.

Viewing goats on your own

If you'd like to see the goats before April 19, 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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