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Owls were the attraction on this Utah hike

Published January 10, 2012 1:28 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I'm no animal lover. It's probably because I was raised on a farm where the critters were seen more as tools and money than objections of wonder and affection.

However, I'm better than I once was, and that's probably due to hiking. From the trail, I've seen animals that aren't raised in pens: moose, bobcats, coyotes, lizards, antelope and deer.

Outdoors reporter Brett Prettyman today introduces us to a hike at Sundance where trekkers can get up and close with owls.

From the article:

Richards brought three educational owls — a northern saw-whet, Western screech and barn — to help participants learn about the mysterious raptors of the dark.

A chorus of ooohs and aaahs comparable to those heard at a New Year's Eve fireworks show rang out as student volunteer Andalyn Hall brought out tiny Connery Saw-Whet (he has his own Facebook page under that name).

"He's so cute!"

On a related note, you have no idea how much will power it took me to not write a headline for this post reading: "Owl hike was a hoot."

— Nate Carlisle

Twitter: @UtahHikes