SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A team of biologists has confirmed that a new California condor chick is the first to hatch in the wild in Utah since the species was reintroduced in northern Arizona in 1996.
The Peregrine Fund and a host of federal agencies made the announcement Tuesday. It's the first documented birth of a California condor in Utah.
Park officials announced the birth in June after the spotting the chick atop the 1,000 foot-tall nest. They say it's a sign that the endangered species is growing in Utah.
Last winter, the birds built a nest in a remote canyon in Zion National Park and began showing courtship behaviors.
Other condors have tried without success to breed in Zion in recent years. Some of them died from poisoning.