Miniature radiotransmitters allow researchers to examine daily survival of wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) poults during pre-flight periods, when turkey mortality is highest. We conducted a study of retention times of transmitters glued to Rio Grande wild turkey (M. g. intermedia) pre-flight poults at 4 sites in both southwest Kansas and the Texas pan-handle. One hundred twenty-two poults from 39 broods were equipped with transmitters. Mean retention time on living poults was 20.4±8.3 days (n=34). Ninety-two percent of transmitters were retained by poults beyond flightless periods. We concluded that this technique was suitable for examining survival and habitat use by pre-flight wild turkey poults and suggest this technique be used in lieu of surgical implants and harness attachments.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Wildlife Society Bulletin|
|State||Published - Sep 2002|
- Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Rio Grande wild turkey