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A Couple Concerns

Pennsylvania's turkey hunters have witnessed a steady decline in turkey numbers over the past decade. There are multiple causes for this, among which is the proliferation of predators. With the decline in interest in trapping, nest predators, such as raccoons and skunks, have increased in numbers and take a serious toll on turkey nests. Coyotes are also hard on turkeys. In addition, the game commission's establishment of fishers appears to have contributed to the decline in turkey numbers, despite the protestations of Mary Jo Casalena, the commission's wild turkey biologist.

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