Turkey hunters are worried – and some are giving up the sport – because of pathogens and bacteria that have been found in Maine turkeys. One reader of this column emailed me a report on a recent study that I will share with you today.
That reader told me, “I am concerned that wild turkeys have pathogens that can affect human health (low pathology cancer causing retro-virus and (MRSA). Hunters should know about this. I am not sure that I want to hunt turkeys this spring until more research is completed. IF&W is not saying anything about it. Could you make people aware of this through your blog.” Consider it done!
Before we get to that study, let’s hear from DIF&W’s wildlife staff. Here’s what Brad Allen, our top bird biologist, had to say in response to my questions about this concern.