- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public to help with the state’s annual turkey brood survey, which is set to begin Aug. 1.

People who see a group of young turkeys during August are asked to fill out the turkey brood survey on the department’s website. They will be asked how many adult and young turkeys they saw as well as where and when they were seen.

State turkey biologist Amy Alfieri says the information will help officials determine long-term trends in Vermont’s turkey population and learn the impacts of spring and winter weather on the survival of turkeys.

The information is used to help set turkey hunting seasons and harvest limits.

Over-abundant turkey populations can damage crops and food stored for livestock.

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