January 30, 2023

Maine to Convene Turkey Group in Aroostook County

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Roland D. Martin, Commission of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will create a stakeholders group that will work with the Department to develop a plan for the continued release of wild turkeys into southern Aroostook County.

The duties of this group will be to focus on the continued release of the turkeys and how to deal with nuisance problems from turkeys. The group will be comprised of representatives from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Maine Potato Board, Aroostook County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Maine Farm Bureau, the dairy industry, the Department of Agriculture and the Deparment of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists.

It will be the responsibility of this group to develop a plan on future turkey releases, how to notify landowners about turkey releases, a protocol for response to turkey issues with local farmers, and develop a stategy that will monitor and deal with turkey issues.

This group will be formed as the result of a meeting last week when it became apparent that all parties were willing to work together to deal with and resolve turkey issues.

There is more information in our news section.

Tom Remington