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At the time of colonial settlement, the wild turkey (Melleagris gallopavo) was abundant across Rhode Island. Due to habitat loss and overharvest, turkeys were extirpated from the state in the early 1900’s. Rhode Island biologists conducted turkey reintroduction efforts in the 1980s and 1990s; today wild turkeys are found in virtually all areas of the […]

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Wild Turkeys

Several decades ago wild turkeys were reintroduced into the rural areas of Rhode Island in the hopes of reestablishing a native population. The effort began in 1980 when the Department of Environmental Management imported 29 turkeys from Vermont.  According to the ProJo: The population of wild turkeys in the state has fluctuated since they were

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