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Health Assessment of Adult Male Eastern Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) from Western Kentucky, USA

We performed examinations on hunter-harvested toms from Kentucky to identify pathogens, diseases, and parasites.  We found that nearly all toms had ticks on them, and 39% of the birds had lymphoproliferative disease virus (LPDV), which is a virus that causes tumors in several organs.  The impact of LPDV on turkey populations is unclear, but ongoing research will be providing more definitive information.  We found no evidence that the hunter-harvested toms were positive for toxicants.

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