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The Utah Building, formerly Hotel Utah, apparently is back in the falcon-rearing business.

Since 1984, peregrine falcons - members of an endangered species that is making a comeback - have been nesting in special boxes put up on the downtown hotel by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Although a pair of peregrines was noticed hanging around Salt Lake City earlier this year, until a few days ago, they seemed not to have taken up residency.But on Saturday morning "suddenly there seemed to be a lot of activity" between two peregrinaes at the hotel, said Bob Walters, nongame biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "There as a food exchange on the northeast corner . . . and then we had a position of mother over the University Club Building."

The female falcon then made a dive toward Hotel Utah as if she were trying to chase away the ever-present pigeons. In that case, the two birds might have decided to raise a family at the hotel.

Walters said the male falcon looks similar to the one that was here last year, but there is some question if the female is the same.

Then on Monday, Walters said, a caller who works in the Kennecott Building said he had spotted an egg in the box near the Hotel Utah's skylight. "I have a strong suspicion that the man could be 100 percent right," he said. "Could be the first egg's already there."