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Scientists: Rare California condor chick hatches

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 16, 2014 at 5:11 am •  Published: July 16, 2014

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.