DOVER, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's turkey population could be near its highest levels, thanks in part to last year's mild winter.
Fish and Game biologist Ted Walski told Foster's Daily Democrat Thursday that wildlife surveys suggest 40,000 turkeys are roaming the state. Large numbers are concentrated in southeastern New Hampshire.
A mild winter and early spring helped to boost turkey breeding and nesting.
Once native to the state, turkeys had been absent for more than a century when Walski helped reintroduce the birds to the area.
The last wild turkey sighting was in 1854 in Weare. New Hampshire traded fisher cats to West Virginia for 31 turkeys more than 40 years ago, but the experiment flopped. A second group of 25 turkeys from New York released a few years later flourished.
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