With wild turkeys now almost everywhere, birds are pecking cars, deflating kiddie pools and harassing the elderly

Hatfield says that urbanization and a shifting zeitgeist have led to a decline in hunting. Less than 4 percent of the American population has a hunting license. He says 49 states have a spring turkey hunting season and 41 have a fall season but that there aren’t as many people interested. And, as Lashley says, we have extirpated most of the turkey’s natural predators, such as red wolves, cougars and pumas, although raccoons, possums, skunks and feral hogs will pilfer turkey nests and pick off the poults (those are the babies).

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