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Kansas cancels fall turkey hunt
The decision came due to declines over the past 15 years
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has canceled its fall turkey hunt due to years of declining numbers. Kent Fricke, the state’s small game biologist, told the Associated Press that fewer wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) are reaching adulthood in Kansas. Other states are also seeing declining numbers of the game birds—Mississippi also canceled its fall hunt this year. These states and others are conducting studies to try to determine why the numbers are dropping, but it’s possible that habitat destruction from urbanization and extreme weather is playing a role.