The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received 60 wild Rio Grande turkeys from the state of Kansas. These turkeys were in exchange for 6,000 rainbow trout.

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With help from members of the Utah chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, biologists with the DWR released the turkeys at three sites in central Utah. The release sites include Wasatch County near Dutch Canyon, and two sites at Nebo Mountain near Bennie Creek and Payson Canyon.The newly transplanted Rio Grande turkeys supplement existing populations in these three areas. Utah currently has an estimated turkey population of approximately 2,500 Rio Grande turkeys and 1,000 Merriams turkeys.

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