Feds investigate video showing Utah paraglider kicking owl

Tuesday , April 09, 2013 - 3:19 PM


SALT LAKE CITY -- Federal officials are investigating an online video that appears to show a paraglider kicking a soaring owl in Utah.

The video shows a paraglider's foot booting an in-flight owl against a backdrop that looks much like Utah Lake. A voice boasts, "I kicked an owl butt."

The paraglider in the video is unidentified.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesman Mark Hadley said Tuesday that people have placed calls to the office expressing concern for animal safety, but he could not say how many.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Leith Edgar said that the bureau is investigating the video.

Edgar says the bureau could pursue charges for such an act under the Airborne Hunting Act. That could mean up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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