Wild turkeys once again plentiful in Michigan

The wild turkey has completed its comeback in Michigan, but not all are thrilled with the development.
AP Wire
Nov 28, 2013

 

Farmers say the birds eat wheat and pull corn out of the ground soon after the crops begin to sprout, and they also like to make nests in farms' hay fields.

Wild turkeys also have become a traffic hazard.

The sometimes noisy birds are plentiful throughout the state, which is a quite a change from early last century, when gobblers and hens had been wiped out by habitat loss and unregulated hunting.

"We went from having lots of wild turkeys to zero turkeys by the turn of the century," said Al Stewart, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources upland game bird specialist. "Michigan wasn't alone in this decline of wild turkeys. It was one of the later states to lose their birds."

Efforts to restore Michigan's wild turkey population have been so successful that the bird's numbers have reached an estimated 200,000.

To keep that figure in check, the state has two hunting seasons annually. The fall season ended two weeks ago.

Michigan ranks seventh in the nation for the number of wild turkeys killed by hunters, according to the National Wild Turkey Federation, trailing Missouri, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New York and Mississippi.

"Wild turkeys are wildly popular animals," said Shawn Riley, a professor with Michigan State University's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. "It's a native species that's part of our Midwestern landscape."

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Comments

rajaju

Its easy if you don't want them just be like Sen Casperson and lie about what damage and threats they are to children and get your teahead friends like Meekoff to rail thru a killing bill and have devos lap dog snyder pass it no problem

LessThanAmused

Sounds like you know quite well how our political system works.......

horst

More proof that science based management works, regardless of the ignorant politicians and libs.

Lanivan

You do know that Republicans are currently the ones allergic to science-based anything these days, don't you? Some examples would be climate science, environmental science, medical science, human reproduction science, evolution science, education science, economics science, for starters.

Tri-cities realist

What the...

Lanivan

..."hey"?

I don't know about you, but I think a discussion centering on the anti-science stance of the current Republican Party is entirely appropriate on an article about wild turkeys.

LessThanAmused

Zing!

Tri-cities realist

Are we talking about whiskey now? While I'm not a big fan of many republicans, I have to wonder which of them are anti-science? Please enlighten me on something other than the so-called "science" of global warming... I mean climate change or whatever they're calling it today.

 

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