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Turkey Count To Begin On Long Island

Wayne Parry

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has called on Long Island landowners to help with a different kind of census count — wild turkey.

Recent estimates place the turkey population around 6,000. 

This winter, the DEC will start tagging turkeys with leg bands to measure their population size and figure out a sustainable management strategy. 

They want landowners to report if they have seen turkeys on their property on a regular basis.

Wild turkey all but disappeared in the late 1800s because of deforestation. The DEC reintroduced them to the region in the 1990s. 

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.