- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A preliminary report from Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Department says hunters harvested more than 5,500 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season - 40 more than the average of the previous three years.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/2aoakeR ) about 17,200 turkey hunting licenses were bought compared to about 16,500 last year.

State wild turkey project leader Amy Alfieri says about one in five hunters harvested at least one bird.

Turkeys were harvested in 241 of the state’s 253 towns.

The birds disappeared from the state in the mid-1800s due to massive deforestation and unregulated market hunting. Vermont released 17 wild turkeys into the state in 1969 and 14 in 1970. The population is now estimated at more than 50,000.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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