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Responses of Merriam's Turkey to Pinyon-Juniper Control

Virgil E. Scott and Erwin L. Boeker
Journal of Range Management
Vol. 30, No. 3 (May, 1977), pp. 220-223
DOI: 10.2307/3897475
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3897475
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

Merriam's turkeys (Meleagris gallapavo merriami) inhabit much of the pinyon-juniper vegetative type in Arizona where ponderosa pines are available for roost sites. A 64% reduction in turkey populations was noted following a pinyon-juniper control program that isolated roost sites 300 m or more from cover. In turkey habitat, cleared areas should not be wider than 90 m to provide good turkey habitat, and strips of cover should be retained as travel lanes to established roost areas.

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