Survival and Cause-Specific Mortality of Merriam's Wild Turkeys in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Mark A. Peyton, Sarah R. Kindschuh, Lance J. Bernal, Robert R. Parmenter, Philip S. Gipson

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Abstract

Merriam's Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo merriami) is a species of interest for managers and is considered economically valuable through wildlife viewing and hunting. We captured, radio-marked, and monitored 49 turkeys (27 males, 22 females) over a 3-year period (2008-2011) in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico. Annual Kaplan-Meier survival estimates varied among years (range 0.33-0.80). Lowest seasonal survival of 0.42 (SE 0.14) occurred during winter 2010 (1 Dec 2009-31 Mar 2010). We observed 20 fatalities of the 49 monitored turkeys. Predation by bobcats (Lynx rufus) and pumas (Puma concolor) accounted for 60% (n = 12) of losses. Hunter harvest (20%), vehicle collision (5%), disease (5%), and unknown causes (10%) accounted for the remaining losses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-240
Number of pages5
JournalWestern North American Naturalist
Volume74
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014

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