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Colorado Considers Changes To Manage Wild Turkeys

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Phil Padilla took this photo of a turkey on Feb. 28 near the Platte River along the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Phil Padilla took this photo of a turkey on Feb. 28 near the Platte River along the Adams County Fairgrounds.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado wildlife officials say the state’s turkey restoration program has been so successful that the birds are starting to cause some problems on the Eastern Plains.

Wildlife officials say in spots where turkeys are abundant, large flocks have been heading to cattle ranches, farms and homes to compete for food.

At a meeting Thursday in Colorado Springs, state parks and wildlife commissioners heard proposals to use hunters to help manage wild turkeys on private lands. Upcoming changes could include a new late season targeting hen turkeys in eastern Colorado, offering unlimited turkey hunting licenses in parts of Yuma County, or increasing the bag limit.

Commissioners asked staff to present changes at a meeting in November, when commissioners expect to set turkey license numbers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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