As any hunter will tell you wild turkeys are delicious. At some stage of their lives wild turkeys are on the menu of a wide range of predators, from newly-hatched chicks that are eaten by ants and crows to adult birds that are targeted by bears and mountain lions. But which predatory species are responsible for the most losses. Mary Jo Casalena, wild turkey biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission , recently shared the findings of her five-and-a-half year telemetry study on wild turkey hens. Over that period of time 41 hens were killed by predators, and while many may assume that coyotes were responsible for most hen deaths bobcats actually killed more hen turkeys than coyotes. Coyotes were responsible for two hen deaths, and a black bear killed one nesting hen during the study.
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Drawn into urban and suburban areas looking for food and mates, wild turkeys are loved by some but may be a nuisance or source of fear for others. The fear of getting diseases from turkey droppings has been used as an excuse to kill wild turkeys, but killing nuisance turkeys is cruel and doesn't solve the problem more turkeys will just take their place. Try these effective, non-lethal ways to get rid of unwanted wild turkeys. The first step towards resolving conflicts with turkeys is to eliminate sources of food such as direct handouts from people, unsecured garbage, and spilled bird seed. You may consider removing bird feeders especially in the spring and summer until the turkeys move on. Remember to also talk to your neighbors to ensure that they are not feeding turkeys either!
In the past decade, turkey numbers have fallen across the east—as much as 65 percent in some places. The question is, why? And what are we doing about it? By Will Brantley February 20,
Wild turkeys are the big game of the small game world. Weighing upwards of 25 pounds, a mature bird is capable of supplying multiple meals for even a large family. While many states have fall turkey hunting seasons, hunting for these birds is generally regarded as a spring activity.