- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking residents to help estimate the state’s turkey population.

From Jan. 1 through March 31, the department wants people to report when they see flocks of turkeys, including the number of turkeys in the flock; where they were seen; the habitat the birds were observed in; and what they were eating.

Don’t report multiple sightings of the same flock.

Turkey Biologist Ted Walski says the department is especially interested in whether people see diseased turkeys. There are two viruses currently affecting the flock. Walski says to look for warty bumps in the head and eye area.

Last winter, volunteers submitted 1,787 flock reports, totaling 28,389 turkeys.

The N.H. Wild Turkey Winter Flock Survey is online at www.wildnh.com .

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