3 Threats to Turkey Populations

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, but it is normal for turkey populations to swing up and down. Here are three threats to turkey populations.

  1. Loss of prime turkey habitat via development and lack of proper land management negatively impact nesting success
  2. Efficient nest predators such as raccoons and opossums are more of a threat to turkeys than coyotes, but crows and ravens are the biggest avian nest predators
  3. Cold, wet spring weather affects poult survival and short-term population swings

Wildlife populations exist within a dynamic interplay involving other species competing for resources within their environment and Mother Nature. Most species rely on human intervention to ensure habitat exists where creatures can live and thrive.

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