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Tracking Turkeys

wild turkeyNew Hampshire's eastern wild turkeys were once gone from the state -- unregulated hunting and habitat loss led to their extirpation in the mid-1800s.

In the late 1970s, NH Fish and Game began a wild-turkey reintroduction, funded by a federal Wildlife Restoration Program grant. Careful monitoring and protection of the wild turkey and a focus on habitat management helped the flock flourish -- so that today, the birds are an increasingly common sight throughout New Hampshire, with an estimated total population topping 22,000.

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Tracking Turkeys

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Did You Know?

... That if Benjamin Franklin had had his way, the wild turkey might have been the symbol of the United States instead of the bald eagle!

... The Pilgrims probably ate fish and venison at the first Thanksgiving. They may or may not have eaten turkey!

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