McGuinty Government Proposes Changes To Wild Turkey Management
TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - The government is seeking public comment on
proposed changes to a wild turkey management plan and the expansion of wild
turkey hunting opportunities.
For the first time, a fall hunt is proposed in several areas of the
province. An open spring turkey season is also proposed in three new areas of
"Wild turkeys are an important part of Ontario's biodiversity, and they
have been successfully restored to suitable habitats across the province,"
said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield. "The tremendous success of
the wild turkey restoration program also means that we have the chance to
offer hunters increased hunting opportunities."
Wild turkey populations in Ontario have rebounded and are healthy some
25 years after being reintroduced in the province. In 1984, Ontario undertook
efforts to bring back populations of this bird. The estimated provincial
population of turkeys was greater than 70,000 birds in 2007.
The proposed changes to wild turkey management are available on the
Environmental Bill of Rights Registry at ontario.ca/environmentalregistry,
Registry Numbers 010-2424 and 010-2429.
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