Steve Griffin, Deseret News
A motorist brakes for a rafter of wild turkeys as they cross the road in Huntsville, Weber County, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

A motorist brakes for a rafter of wild turkeys as they cross the road in Huntsville, Weber County, on Thursday. According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah's turkey population numbers almost 25,000. But that wasn't always the case. In fact, until the 1950s, established turkey populations hadn't been seen in Utah in 100 years or more. "Based on historical and archeological evidence," Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said, "it's clear Native Americans and turkeys coexisted in Utah. That evidence includes pictographs, petroglyphs, blankets made from turkey feathers and turkey bones found at places Native Americans lived." Except for a failed reintroduction in the 1920s, no records exist of turkeys being in Utah from the time Europeans started exploring the state to the successful reintroduction of birds in the 1950s.

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