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Habitat Selection of Gould’s Wild Turkeys in Southeastern Arizona

We examined habitat use of Gould’s wild turkeys, the most poorly understood subspecies.  We found that Gould’s strongly selected for pine forests and areas near water, which makes sense given the harsh and dry landscapes this bird calls home.  We also found that birds mostly used areas of moderate slope and at moderate elevations on north and west facing slopes.  Our findings offer managers charged with restoring and sustaining populations of Gould’s relevant information that will assist with conservation planning.

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