Living with wildlife: Turkey: Minnesota DNR

You wouldn’t know that wild turkeys were a rare site years ago. Around here you can see turkeys regularly. This article describes how the Minnesota DNR revived the turkey population.

Turkeys

Turkey in brushy area.

Once extirpated from Minnesota, wild turkey restoration has been a phenomenal success. Today’s turkey population descended from a successful release of turkeys that occurred between 1971 and 1973 when 29 adult wild turkeys were trapped in Missouri and transplanted to Houston County in extreme southeastern Minnesota. Since this modest beginning over 30 years ago, Minnesota’s population has grown to more than 70,000 wild turkeys. Read more at this link: Living with wildlife: Turkey: Minnesota DNR.

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