West

Wild turkeys in Massachusetts by the numbers

37

wild turkeys were brought to Western Massachusetts from New York in the 1970s after an absence of 120 years.

561

were transplanted to other parts of the state between the 1970s and 1990s.

25,000-27,000

wild turkeys are now believed to be living in Massachusetts.

2,778

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were taken in last year’s spring hunt.

160

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were taken in last year’s fall hunt.

Source: Mass. Division of Fisheries & Wildlife