Wild turkey flock released to roam on Mount Lemmon

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z Wild turkey flock released to roam on Mount LemmonThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A group of wild turkeys is now roaming Mount Lemmon after being captured at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Managers with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the base's Cultural and Natural Resources Office had been monitoring the birds' movement through east-side neighborhoods until they were in a location where they could be captured without harm.

They were released Friday atop Mount Lemmon.

The turkeys were among 17 released by the department in February in the Happy Valley area.

Gould's turkeys were first reintroduced to the Rincon Mountains in 2012. They are the largest of five wild turkey species.

Game and Fish and the National Wild Turkey Federation have been reintroducing them since 1980 into the Sky Island mountain ranges across southeastern Arizona. They now number around 1,000.

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