Kansas Wildlife Federation

Wednesday, November 10 2004

Turkeys not destroying crops

The successful increase in turkey populations in Kansas has a cost: many Kansans believe that turkeys are responsible for the decline in quail populations or that turkeys are causing massive amounts of crop damage.

But research that’s come out from Purdue University shows little crop damage from turkeys. Field biologists worked for two years to try to find significant damage to corn and wheat fields in Indiana from turkey populations, using night vision cameras and tracking devices.

What they found instead was that nocturnal animals such as deer and racoons were the pillagers, doing 95% of the damage.

The word can’t get spread fast enough: California grape growers are looking for crop depredation permits to kill turkeys, believing that the birds are destroying their vineyards. (Warning: this link has a lot of annoying pop-ups.)

+ Dan @ 10:16am

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