Raccoon Abundance and Rio Grande Wild Turkey Production in Central Texas

An understanding of spatial and temporal dynamics of wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) populations is essential in setting management goals. In central Texas, raccoon (Procyon lotor) populations have increased in recent years, causing concern that they may be limiting Rio Grande wild turkey (M. g. intermedia) production. We used two long-term data sets in central Texas to explore the relationship between raccoon abundance and Rio Grande wild turkey production at the regional, county, and local scale. We found no evidence that natural variation in raccoon abundance was associated with Rio Grande wild turkey production. Although further research is warranted, we suggest that raccoons may influence broad-scale Rio Grande wild turkey production in central Texas less than expected.

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