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Jan. 24, 2024Des Moines, Iowa |  By: Jeremy Werner

Iowa DNR looking into declining turkey numbers


DES MOINES, Iowa - The reintroduction of wild turkeys to Iowa's landscape has been celebrated as a conservation success story for the past 25 years.

But Iowa's turkey population is showing troubling signs as the numbers are down and nests are failing and fewer poults are surviving.

In 2022, Iowa DNR began a 10-year study of the turkey population to learn more about why populations are declining.

Now entering the third year of the study, researchers have more questions than answers. Iowa DNR Wildlife Research Biologist Dan Kaminski says people in the community can help.

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Data collected from this project will be used to build population models and habitat models that will provide researchers some understanding and guidance in ways to improve populations.