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The bird

Updated: March 15, 2010, 12:57 PM ET
By James Earl & Mary C. Rennamer; Ron Brenneman | NWTF Wildlife Bulletin No.15

The wild turkey, native to the North American continent, was the largest ground-nesting bird found by the first European immigrants. But the abundant numbers of wild turkey written about in early historical accounts declined with colonization until its continued existence was questionable. It wasn't until the 1960s that the restoration of the wild turkey was heralded as a wildlife management comeback marvel.

Early settlers found the wild turkey in a variety of habitats as they pushed ...

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