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Massachusetts Wants Your Help Counting Turkeys

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is trying to get a handle on the number of turkeys wandering its forests and city streets by conducting a survey to come up with a turkey estimate.

The survey, which runs through August 31, helps biologists determine productivity and compare long-term reproductive trends while providing an estimate of fall harvest potential.

The state is asking residents to participate by recording sightings of turkey hens, poults (newly-hatched turkeys), and males (both juvenile and adult). Biologists warn that very small poults may be difficult to spot in tall grass or brush.

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Wild turkeys in Brighton (WBZ-TV)

Residents can report observations online or by downloading and printing a Turkey Brood Survey form and mailing in the completed form.

MassWildlife is interested in turkey brood observations from all regions of the state, including rural and developed areas.

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