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Letter: Turkeys are an upland game bird and are not a protected species

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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:05 am

I would like to take the time to set the record straight regarding the turkey sighting on Kettleman Lane.

First, in a recent article it mentioned that turkeys are a protected species in California. They are not protected (as under the Endangered Species Act). They are classified as an upland game species according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. There are regulations regarding hunting turkeys, as in the season, methods of take and number harvested. Please refer to the CDFW website for further information, regulations, etc., regarding turkeys.

Also, female turkeys can and do (although infrequently) have a “beard.” During the spring turkey season, when only male turkeys can be taken, females that have a visible beard protruding from their breast can also be legally taken. I have personally observed females (hens) with a visible beard showing. Hope this information helps.

Kenneth Winchell


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