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    The Merriam's wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo merriami) is a bird of the western United States. Early naturalists found it here. This is where its range has been expanded through transplants. This is where it has become a valuable sport hunting and aesthetic resource. This is where it must be managed. To understand Merriam's wild turkey management, one must understand the ecology of the West.

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    Hoffman, Richard W.; Shaw, Harley G.; Rumble, Mark A.; Wakeling, Brian F.; Mollohan, Cheryl M.; Schemnitz, Sanford D.; Engel-Wilson, Ron; Hengel, Dan A. 1993. Management guidelines for Merriam''s wild turkeys. Division report no. 18. [Denver, Colo.]: Colorado Division of Wildlife in cooperation with USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station: 24 p


    turkeys, Meleagris gallopavo merriami, life history, habitats, wildlife management

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