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Return of the Wild One


“The turkey is on center stage today, symbol of a holiday dediated to
family, friends, and gratitude. Bur turkeys – here, the wild kind – also
symbolize successful applied science.
If it seems to you that turkeys are now everywhere in Rhode Island,
you’re not far off. Wild turkeys currently occupy 500 of the state’s
1,000 square miles, or roughly half its area. The Rhode Island
Department of Environmental Management estimates the fall-2004
population at 6,000 birds. They are on roadsides, at the edge of
forests, in farm fields, even in our backyards.”