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Wild turkeys from Arizona relocated to New Mexico

(AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, J. Miles Cary)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Twenty wild turkeys from Arizona now have new places to roost in southern New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish partnered with wildlife officials in Arizona earlier this week for the trapping and transplant operation involving the Gould's turkeys.

The species is considered threatened in New Mexico. Officials said the transplants will increase existing populations in the Bootheel region, with the goal of one day offering more hunting opportunities.

The two states are planning more turkey trapping and relocation operations over the next two years.

New Mexico also trapped 47 Merriam's turkeys at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron and moved them to the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico.

Three species of wild turkeys -- Merriam's, Rio Grande and Gould's -- inhabit New Mexico.

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