By News Staff
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - If you see a wild turkey in Rhode Island, speak up.
The state Department of Environmental Management is asking residents for help with a project tracking the wild turkey population. The department wants anyone who sees a wild turkey hen, either with or without broods of young turkeys, to report the sighting.
Biologists with the Division of Fish and Wildlife say they need the information to evaluate wild turkeys' reproduction, the survival of their young and the overall wild turkey population.
The state's wild turkey population is about 3,500, down in recent years because of weather conditions and predators. DEM hopes that better conditions will improve turkeys' reproductive productivity this year.
A wild turkey brood report form can be downloaded at http://1.usa.gov/LwdgIp.