Wild turkeys once again plentiful in Michigan

LANSING (AP) – The wild turkey has completed its comeback in Michigan, but not all are thrilled with the development. Farmers say the birds eat wheat and pull corn out of the ground soon after the crops begin to sprout, and they also like to make nests in farms’ hay fields.

Wild turkeys also have become a traffic hazard.

The sometimes noisy birds are plentiful throughout the state, which is a quite a change from early last century, when gobblers and hens had been wiped out by habitat loss and unregulated hunting.

“We went from having lots of wild turkeys to zero turkeys by the turn of the century,” Al Stewart, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources upland game bird specialist, said. “Michigan wasn’t alone in this decline of wild turkeys. It was one of the later states to lose their birds.”