Growing wild turkey population takes bite out of Ontario forests
Ottawa Citizen

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, October 13, 2017

Eastern North America’s wild turkey population is growing so fast that two Pennsylvania scientists say they are damaging parts of forests in their state, and Ontario could suffer as well.

Twenty years ago, there were no wild turkeys in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais, but Ontario and Quebec released them as game for hunters. Today these big, tough, slightly comical birds are all around.At the University of Pittsburgh, Michael Chips and Walter Carson tramped through forests counting places where turkeys have scraped away biologically rich layers of the forest floor as they scratch for food.

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