Environment
3:58 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

RI Needs Your Help Counting Wild Turkeys

Back in the 80’s the state started a project to boost a declining wild turkey population by establishing new flocks across the state – from Exeter to Foster, Scituate to Tiverton.

That helped.

A hen turkey with her brood.
A hen turkey with her brood.
Credit Ben Taft / RI DEM

But the turkey population has declined in the past few years. So the DEM counts female turkeys and young turkeys to get a sense of population growth. And this is where the public comes in. The DEM is asking residents to report sightings of turkey hens and young turkeys.

The wild turkey population is estimated at about 3,500, a number that’s grown in the past two years.

Report A Wild Turkey

The DEM is asking the public to record the date, location and total number of female and young turkeys seen. Then send that information to brian.tefft (at) dem.ri.gov.

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