. .but sadly, this area seems to be celebrating it better than anywhere else!
Turkeys are just a fancy name for forest rat. . .a limited population is OK but their population has exploded. They eat many of the same foods as deer and leave nothing once they swoop though and area. The turkey's ability to vacuum an area clean of forage is one reason deer starve in the winters. . . too bad coyotes didn't find turkeys easier prey than deer. . .
Odd this edition of the Sun Journal should have an article on the SUCCESS of turkeys in Maine as well as on on the decline of deer. Turkeys also feed in packs and vacuum up acorns, apples, etc. Everything deer use to feed on in the winters. I agree its a combination of factors leading to the massive decline of deer. Turkeys are just forest rats, combine that with coyotes and of course the deer have a hard time finding food and making it through the winter. Get rid of a lot more turkeys and encourage a few less coyotes. . its not rocket science. .