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If a hunter harvests a turkey with wart-like growths on its head or legs, KDFWR is asking the hunter to submit the carcass for disease testing. The Wildlife Health Program and Turkey Program are conducting this scientific collection effort to better understand Kentucky's turkey population.
The viruses that cause these skin growths do not infect humans or other animals, but there is the potential for secondary infections. Therefore, we do not recommend eating sick birds. Example pictures of turkeys with such growths can be seen on KDFWR's Disease and Wildlife Heath webpage:
Thank you for helping us better understand and manage Kentucky's wild turkey resource!