Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Nov 2 1970, Page 18

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - November 2, 1970, Florence, South CarolinaProject Turkey the Pilgrim fathers found the wild Turkey in Massachusetts in great was so important to them As a food Bird that without it there might not have been that first thanks giving. The wild Turkey is found Only in North and Central America and its Range used to be from Mexico North to new Hampshire. But with the coming of settlers agriculture and new land uses the turkeys began to disappear from Many areas. Their habitats were destroyed and their populations decimated by Over Hunting. In Massachusetts for example the wild Turkey was extinct by the mid nineteenth Cen Tury. But in 1959, the Massachusetts cooperative wildlife unit and the division of fisheries and game initiated a project to restore the Turkey to the Commonwealth. The method used was transplantation wild Birds were brought in from other states and set free with later trapping and releasing for further Dis Persal. The Experiment has been a great Suc Cess. The statewide population in the Spring of 1970 was estimated at 170, and the wild Turkey is considered firmly established once More. This week s picture show a careful management and re introduction by interested fish and game departments have restored wild Turkey to Many areas of its former Range. A Well marked wild Turkey about to be released As part of the Massachusetts division of fisheries and game Turkey restoration project. Students working on Turkey project carefully take wild Turkey from bag prior to its release. A wild Turkey from West Virginia is released in Massachusetts by a District game manager to Start a new population Early in the project. Whole dried Corn set out at Turkey for i quirrels to help survival through the hard Winter

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