August 4, 2014 5:29 pm

Video of man kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon spurs investigation

WATCH ABOVE: Cell phone footage allegedly shows man kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Authorities are looking into a viral Internet video that shows a man kicking a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said Monday that chances of finding the man are slim.

She couldn’t say whether the video was a hoax. But she says geographical features in it match part of the Grand Canyon. She says authorities have reached out to YouTube seeking more information.

A message sent Monday to the person who uploaded the video wasn’t immediately returned.

The video shows a shirtless man wearing a cowboy hat leaving a trail of food, putting on one of his shoes and then kicking the squirrel into the air.

Park officials discourage visitors from feeding squirrels or other wildlife.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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