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WILD TURKEYS MAKING A COMEBACK IN NEW YORK

The wild turkey, virtually hunted and chased out of New York State, is making a rebound.

Now an almost common sight upstate, the wild turkey began its comeback in the 1960s with a state effort to capture wild turkeys from the pockets where they thrived and relocate them to other parts of the state.

Now, reports the Sunday Schenectady Gazette, there are around 200,000 turkeys roaming the state's forests, compared to 65,000 in 1990.

"Indications are that it's going to be a good year for the wild turkey population, since spring nesting conditions were favorable," said Gordon Batcheller, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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