Indiana turns to public for help assessing turkey population

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): Indiana wildlife officials are seeking the public’s help this summer tracking the size of the state’s wild turkey population.

Wild turkeys were once considered extinct in Indiana due to overhunting and habitat loss, but they’re now found in all 92 of the state’s counties.

The Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to report online the number of turkey hens they spot with offspring. The agency says the summer brood-rearing period is usually the main factor influencing wild turkey populations.

Volunteers will use a web-based survey to record wild turkey sightings during July and August to shed light on annual turkey reproduction.

That survey, and additional information, is found on the DNR’s website.


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