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Letter: California gull important in Utah history
First Published Feb 25 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 01:01 am

Evidently Barney Bettilyn is a newcomer to Utah. I am referring to his letter in the Salt Lake Tribune’s Sunday edition of Feb. 23 about getting rid of the California gull as the Utah state bird ("We should replace California seagull as state bird," Forum, Feb. 22).

Mr. Bettilyn, please go to www.wikipedia.org/miracle of the gulls, and you will be enlightened as to why Utah has named the California gull, which we natives refer to as "seagulls," as our state bird.

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Also, if you go to the Salt Lake Temple grounds, you will see a statue honoring these gulls. It is inside the south entrance as you enter the grounds.

Luana Chapman


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