Wild Turkey Making a Comeback
Suburban Turkey on the Rise
In the 1950s, the country’s wild turkeys numbered less than 500,000, wildlife experts say. But now more than 7 million roam the American landscape. Their impressive comeback is the result of an inventive effort to trap and move the elusive birds with rocket-controlled nets.
In Maryland, which had just a thousand wild turkeys in the 1970s, there are now at least 35,000. Virginia has upwards of 200,000.
“I would say this ranks near the top of any conservation success story,” said Bob Long, Maryland’s state turkey biologist. “When you’re going from a turkey population in the thousands to a turkey population in the millions, that’s pretty amazing.”
The soaring population has been a godsend for hunters, who are killing record numbers of wild turkeys, even in mostly suburban counties like Montgomery. But their resurgence is not without drama. Sometimes small delegations of wild turkeys wander into residential neighborhoods on failed exploratory missions for good grub or companionship. For people unaccustomed to seeing turkeys, their appearances are entertaining and occasionally unnerving.
Mark’s Rant: The following five photos are a “rafter” of turkey that incorporate our property as part of their home range. We have a series of trail cameras and are currently observing several nice bucks, numerous doe, fox, opossum, raccoon, these turkey, and we are watching and waiting to see if we can document coyote. The next turkey season is January 22 through 24, with a bag limit of one. Maybe we will be having a late January turkey dinner?
What groups of animals are called: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/about/faqs/animals/names.htm