DNR talks about turkeys
By Bryan Lueth
DNR forest wildlife habitat team supervisor
Question: It seems like you see more and more wild turkeys these days near urban areas. Is this just cyclical, or has their population shifted?
Answer: Turkeys are another species of wildlife that have adapted to living close to people. Prohibitions on hunting, the relative lack of predators and the abundant food sources found in urban and suburban areas contribute to high reproduction and low mortality for turkeys and other wildlife in urban areas.
The preservation of natural areas, including river corridors, wetlands, parks and backyards, provide habitat for many wildlife species that many people feel contribute to a higher urban quality of life.