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Space Use, Daily Movements, and Roosting Behavior of Male Wild Turkeys During Spring in Louisiana and Texas

We used GPS to describe range sizes, daily movements, and roosting characteristics of male Easterns and Rios.  Easterns used larger home ranges than Rios, and there were longer distances between roost sites for Easterns.  We also found that Easterns moved less on a daily basis than Rios. Our findings suggest that Easterns and Rios don’t vary a lot in how they use space, but they do differ quite a bit in their roosting behaviors.  We suggested that managers recognize that availability of roost sites may influence how Rios behave during the day, but this influence may be less for Easterns.

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