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Hiking Trail Reopens After Peregrine Falcons Depart

Hiking Trail Reopens After Peregrine Falcons Depart

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ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) -- Angels Landing, a popular hiking destination, has been reopened now that peregrine falcon fledglings have flown.

Zion National Park officials closed the cliff ridge trail in April due to nesting peregrine falcons.

Park biologists say the peregrine young have fledged and left the nest located on the cliff face. The Streaked Wall and Sentinel, two other cliffs with nesting peregrines, have also been reopened.

Zion National Park has instituted closures for more than a decade to prevent disturbance to the nesting peregrine falcons, which once were listed as endangered species. Recovery efforts have led to their removal from the federal protection list.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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