- Associated Press - Sunday, June 9, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island environmental officials are asking for the public’s help in tracking the state’s wild turkey population.

The Department of Environmental Management is providing an online form . It can be submitted when anyone sees a wild turkey, either an adult hen or a young turkey, known as poults.

DEM believes the state’s wild turkey population is growing, based on the number of young turkeys reaching maturity and an increase in harvests reported during the spring hunting season that ended last month.

The 2019 spring harvest was 270 birds, an increase of 42% from the 2018 season. DEM says the increase of 80 birds is likely due to an increase in the spring season bag limit from one to two birds.

DEM receives hundreds of brood reports annually that assist biologists.

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