New York state is asking landowners for help in its work to protect the state's wild turkeys.
The Department of Environmental Conservation this week made a public request for landowners willing to let the state place a trap on their property for a few months early next year. Captured turkeys will be tagged and released at the same site.
The work is part of a four-year project to study the turkey population, which has declined in many parts of the state in recent years.
Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens says the research plays an important role in managing a species that he notes is a popular game bird.
The department also wants to hear from residents who regularly see turkeys on their property.
Interested landowners should contact their regional DEC office. The phone number for the Buffalo office is 716-851-7000.