PHOTO 2 – Wild Turkey

By nineteenth century the species of eastern wild turkey which had been plentiful prior to the arrival of the first colonists in the seventeenth century was virtually non-existent due to hunting and destruction of habitat for agriculture. In the 1980’s the RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reintroduced wild turkeys and their population has since flourished. While some view wild turkeys as a nuisance, their presence is a symbol of a thriving ecosystem and reminds us that we share a common home.

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