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Nesting Peregrine falcons inside Zion National Park have prompted officials to close some of the park’s popular rock climbing locations . The Peregrine species, famous for being the world’s fastest animal – they can dive at more than 240 miles per hour – is a frequent visitor to Zion, where high concentrations of birds breed and find spots along the park’s iconic cliff faces to build well-protected nests. If disturbed, nesting pairs may abandon their nest sites and not nest again until the following year. To prevent that from happening, park officials said they were implementing a series of closures, including rock climbing routes in popular spots like Angels Landing and Cable Mountain. Zion remains a key sanctuary for the species in the Southwest.

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