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NCSU study looks at wild turkey nesting and climate shifts

By Elizabeth Bobenhausen Poultry Times staff

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says that when the first settlers landed in North Carolina, turkeys could be found everywhere within the state. Although, by the 1700s only a small number of turkeys persisted. The decrease in turkey populations was attributed to unchecked hunting, deforestation, and the obliteration of their habitats. This continued into the 1960s.

The turkey population in North Carolina has returned because of the efforts of a restoration program put in place by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The program is comprised of live-trapping and moving turkeys to places and states from. . .

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