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Here’s what to do if you see a wild turkey. Hint: Don’t chase it

in Toms River News


Wild turkeys are back, but some people aren’t too wild about sharing their neighborhoods with them. People have reported turkeys chasing them, attacking their cars, trashing their yards. You might even call them Public Enemy No. 1. But they’re not going anywhere.

A native species, turkeys had disappeared in New Jersey due to habitat changes and hunting by the mid-1800s, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. They were reintroduced in 1977 with 22 birds. Now, there are more than 20,000 in New Jersey, and there are spring and fall turkey hunting seasons.

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