Nearly 80 wild turkeys will find a new home in Utah thanks to efforts by the Uinta National Forest, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Wild Turkey Foundation.

The turkeys are coming from Kansas as part of an exchange program between the Kansas Fish and Game and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.Before coming to Utah, the captured birds will be tested and certified as disease free. They will be released at locations in several local canyons on the Spanish Fork Ranger District in early December.

Successful turkey transplants have been made throughout Utah. According to Stan Mitchell, president of the Wild Turkey Federation, "Establishing wild turkeys near the Wasatch Front will expand the opportunities for Utah residents to enjoy these interesting birds."