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Feast Your Eyes on Interesting Wild Turkey Facts

The domestic, farm-raised turkey most Americans eat on Thanksgiving Day is nothing like the wild turkey feasted on by the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

With Thanksgiving Day approaching, here are a few facts from the Missouri Department of Conservation about the tasty game bird chosen as the main course for the first feast:

Wild turkeys, now almost 7 million strong, were almost extinct in the early 1900s.

Wild turkeys can

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