Hey turkey, we cross here!
Saugeen Shores has to be the Wild Turkey capital of Canada. The savvy birds can be seen just about everywhere this time of year, especially in farmers' fields. Averaging in the 20 pounds range, the turkeys suddenly take cover during the open hunting season in April and May. Mother Nature equips them well. The pedestrian birds in the above photo follow the leader in crossing the road -- and they took their good time doing it. Wild turkeys were pretty much wiped out in Ontario in the early 1900s through unregulated hunting and deforestation. In the mid-1980s, the province embarked on a restoration program with contributions of wild turkeys from the U.S. Approximately 4,400 wild turkeys were released at 275 sites across Ontario and the turkey population now has exceeded the numbers projected by the Ontario Wild Turkey Management Plan. The province-wide population currently exceeds 100,000.