LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Michigan’s wild turkey population has bounced back and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is crediting conservation efforts as a crucial part of restoring the birds to the state.

The symbol of Thanksgiving almost disappeared in Michigan. Officials said state wildlife specialists were able to reverse the declines and there are now about 200,000 wild turkeys.

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The birds thrived in places the DNR reintroduced them throughout the state. About 35,000 turkeys are taken in the spring season with a very limited fall season taking less than 4,000 turkeys. While the population remains strong in the state, the DNR is closely monitoring the number of birds.