Wild turkeys released into Uinta National Forest in January are doing well, report Uinta National Forest and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists.

The turkeys were brought from Kansas and released as a joint effort of the U.S. Forest Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, National Wild Turkey Federation and Utah Sportsman Alliance.Several hens nested successfully last spring. The young birds appear to be healthy and growing rapidly.

Wild turkeys nest on the ground in riparian (stream-side) areas. They may successfully hatch as many as 10 chicks in a single brood. Turkeys eat plant matter, such as grass, seeds, leaves, acorns and berries. They also eat insects found living in the soil underneath dead leaves.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resource and Forest Service officials have reminded the public that Utah County is closed to hunting of wild turkeys. A $100 reward has been offered by the Utah Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for any information leading to a conviction of illegally killing a wild turkey in Utah. The Utah Sportsman Alliance will match that reward.

Hunters are asked to report any questionable activities they may see while afield this season to a local Utah Division of Wildlife Resources office, or call 1-800-662-DEER.