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Movement, Spatial Ecology, and Habitat Selection of Translocated Gould’s Wild Turkeys

We used GPS data from Gould’s translocated to Arizona to evaluate their behaviors after release.  We found that after about 70 days, birds settled down and started reducing movements and how much space they used, and they selected for riparian areas throughout the time they were monitored.  These findings suggest that managers should protect and consider restoring functional riparian areas prior to translocating Gould’s wild turkeys, which often inhabit arid areas where water is critical.

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