For some families in Rhode Island this Thanksgiving, a fresh wild turkey may be on the menu. However, that wouldn't have been possible just four decades ago.
In the 1970s, there were zero wild turkeys in the Ocean State. Starting then, scientists worked for about 20 years to restore the bird's population. Now, experts estimate there could be between 3,000 and 6,000 turkeys roaming around the state.
Rhode Island Public Radio’s Environmental Reporter, Avory Brookins, joined Josh Beuth, wildlife biologist at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife, to look for wild turkeys in South Kingstown.