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Selection of Landcover Types by Translocated Female Eastern Wild Turkeys in East Texas

We used GPS data from hens translocated to east Texas to evaluate which landcover types they selected after release.  We found that during the first 20 days after release, hens selected open landcover types and linear paths such as roads.  After that first 20 days, hens settled down and used most of the landcover types available to them, but they no longer selected for linear paths.  These findings suggest that ensuring availability of open landcover types could be important to optimizing success of translocations in densely forested landscapes like east Texas.

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