Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Expanded

    McGuinty Government Responds To Increased Population

    TORONTO, March 14 /CNW/ - Ontario is creating new spring wild turkey
seasons to give hunters more opportunities to hunt wild turkey in central
    The new spring seasons are now in place in Wildlife Management Units 45,
53 and 56. These units are located on St. Joseph's Island and in the
Bracebridge and Minden areas.
    Wild turkey populations have rebounded and are healthy about 25 years
after being reintroduced in the province. Since 1984, Ontario has worked with
partners, including the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
(http://www.ofah.org/) and the National Wild Turkey Federation
(http://www.nwtf.org/), to recover populations of this bird.


    "The success my ministry and partners have had in restoring the wild
turkey population has made increasing spring hunting opportunities in this
part of the province possible," said Minister of Natural Resources Donna
Cansfield (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/csb/message/DonnaCansfield_bio.html).


    -   Wild turkey disappeared from Ontario in 1909 due to unregulated
        hunting and habitat loss.

    -   About 4,400 wild turkeys were released beginning in 1984 at 275 sites
        across the province as part of the effort to restore this bird.

    -   There are now over 70,000 wild turkeys in Ontario.


    See map showing areas with new spring turkey hunting seasons


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For further information:

For further information: David Bauer, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212;
Jolanta Kowalski, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2106

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