Increase in Wild Turkeys Prompts Maine to Expand Hunting Season (Associated Press)

More turkeys on the table? Maine hunters are now allowed to bag two birds, rather than one.

More turkeys on the table? Maine hunters are now allowed to bag two birds, rather than one.

The turkey is the most successful wildlife restoration project ever; some people are beginning to think, too successful. Wild turkeys are eating crops, smashing through windows, ruining gardens and even attacking people. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, turkeys were nearly wiped out. Their population fell to an estimated 30,000 to 150,000 and they were completely nonexistent in Maine up until 26 years ago. Maine’s turkey population has since increased to 60,000, and nationwide population has soared to an estimated 7 million. As the Associated Press reports, this large population influx — and turkeys’ somewhat dangerous antics — have prompted Maine lawmakers to enact a longer fall hunting season, and allow hunters to bag two birds instead of one.

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