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Thursday
Dec062018

FDA Alerting Pet Owners About Vitamin D Toxicity In Several Dry Dog Foods

Fast Facts

  • The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about recalls of several dry dog foods after receiving complaints that dogs eating the food experienced vitamin D toxicity.
  • Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death.
  • At this time, the only pet products that have been impacted are food made for dogs.
  • Pet owners should discontinue feeding these recalled products.
  • The FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect vitamin D toxicity in their patients to report them through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners can also report suspect cases to the FDA.
  • This is a developing situation and additional recalls may be announced.

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What is the Problem?

The FDA has become aware of reports of vitamin D toxicity in dogs that ate dry dog food common contract manufacturer and marketed under several different brand names. This is a developing situation, and the FDA will update this page with additional information as it becomes available.

What are the Symptoms of Vitamin D Toxicity?

Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D at toxic levels can cause kidney failure and death. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.

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What Brands Have Been Recalled?

This is a developing situation and this list may not be complete. The FDA will update this list as more information becomes available.

The list of recalled dry dog food products provided to the FDA include:

  • Nutrisca
    • Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food 
      • UPC 8-84244-12495-7 – 4 lb. bag
      • UPC 8-84244-12795-8 – 15 lb. bag
      • UPC 8-84244-12895-5 – 28 lb. bag
      • Best by date range: February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020
  • Natural Life Pet Products
    • Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food 
      • UPC 0-12344-08175-1 – 17.5 lb. bag 
        • Best by dates range: December 4, 2019 through August 10, 2020
  • Sunshine Mills, Inc.
    • Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food 
      • UPC 0-73657-00862-0 – 14 lb. bag
      • UPC 0-73657-00863-7 – 28 lb. bag
    • Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food 
      • UPC 0-70155-10566-0 – 40 lb. bag
      • UPC 0-70155-10564-0 – 40 lb. bag
    • Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food 
      • UPC 0-73657-00873-6 – 3.5 lb. bag
      • UPC 0-73657-00874-3 – 16 lb. bag
      • UPC 0-73657-00875-0 – 30 lb. bag
  • ANF, Inc.
    • ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food 
      • UPC 9097231622 – 3 kg bag 
        • Best by Nov 23 2019
      • UPC 9097203300 – 7.5 kg bag 
        • Best by Nov 20 2019
  • Lidl (Orlando brand)
    • Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food 
      • Lidl product number 215662 
        • TI1 3 Mar 2019
        • TB2 21 Mar 2019
        • TB3 21 Mar 2019
        • TA2 19 Apr 2019
        • TB1 15 May 2019
        • TB2 15 May 2019
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    • Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food 
      • UPC 11110-83556 – 4 lb. bag, all lots
      • UPC 11110-83573 – 14 lb. bag 
        • All lot codes
      • UPC 11110-89076 – 24 lb. bag 
        • All lot codes
  • ELM Pet Foods, Inc.
    • ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe 
      • UPC 0-70155-22507-8 – 3 lb. bag 
        • D2 26 FEB 2019
        • TE1 30 APR 2019
        • TD1 5 SEP 2019
        • TD2 5 SEP 2019
      • UPC 0-70155-22513-9 – 28 lb. bag 
        • TB3 6 APR 2019
        • TA1 2 JULY 2019
        • TI1 2 JULY 2019
    • ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe 
      • UPC 0-70155-22522-9 – 40 lb. bag 
        • TB3 14 Sep 2019
        • TA2 22 Sep 2019
        • TB2 11 Oct 2019
  • Ahold Delhaize
    • Nature’s Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food 
      • UPC 068826718472 – 14 lb. bag 
        • All lot codes
      • UPC 068826718471 – 28 lb. bag 
        • All lot codes
      • UPC 068826718473 – 4 lb. bag 
        • All lot codes
    • Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food 
      • UPC 72543998959 – 5 lb. bag 
        • All lot codes
      • UPC 72543998960 – 15 lb. bag 
        • All lot codes

The recalled products were sold nationwide.

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What is FDA doing to address the situation?

After receiving complaints from pet owners about dogs with vitamin D toxicity, one of the firms reported to the FDA that it was recalling dry pet food due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D. Many other brands with a common contract manufacturer have also been recalled. The FDA is working with the contract manufacturer to provide a comprehensive list of affected brands.

FDA scientists are still analyzing reports and the information currently available to determine whether the illnesses are definitively connected to diet.

FDA scientists have evaluated samples of some of these products, and State and private lab test results indicate that the food contained as much as approximately 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D. Consuming food with such high levels of vitamin D is potentially toxic to dogs and in severe cases may lead to kidney failure and/or death.

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What Do Retailers Need To Do?

Don’t sell the recalled foods. Contact the manufacturer for further instructions. The FDA also encourages retailers to contact consumers who have purchased recalled products, if they have the means to do so (such as through shopper’s card records or point-of-sale signs).

What Do Pet Owners Need To Do?

If your pet is having symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, contact a veterinarian immediately. Provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. You may find it helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, including the lot number.

Don’t feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animal. Contact the company listed on the package for further instructions or throw the products away in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them.

You can report suspected illness to the FDA electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. It’s most helpful if you can work with your veterinarian to submit your pet’s medical records as part of your report. For an explanation of the information and level of detail that would be helpful to include in a complaint to the FDA, please see How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.

Sunday
Dec022018

December 2nd Is National Mutt Day

NATIONAL MUTT DAY

Brothers Murphy and Hunter (No Kill Project)National Mutt Day encourages us to embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs twice a year on July 31st and December 2nd.

Desperately longing for a new home, millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs in shelters across the United States are waiting for someone to come and adopt them. National Mutt Day provides an excellent opportunity to find the perfect canine companion. Despite the name, a mutt learns, obeys and trains much like purebred animals. While their lineage cannot be traced and their features a bit murky, their companionship will be faithful.  (National Calendar Day)

Send us your photos Smithtown! pat@smithtownmatters.com

Tuesday
Nov062018

Smithtown's Harlan & Olivia Fischer Honored For Donation To Animal Shelter

“We’ve rescued 10 dogs through the years… The dogs have just enhanced our lives for the 45 years we’ve been together. We love the animals, We think this shelter is great. When we learned there about the need for the fencing and it wasn’t unreasonable number. To see the results of the finished product, we just couldn’t be happier. Thank You for all of your hard work and dedication.” - Harlan Fischer

Smithtown, NY - On Monday at 10 AM, elected officials, Town employees and members of the community braved the cold & rain to honor Harlan & Olivia Fischer. The long time animal advocate and rescuers made a $7600 donation to the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center last year to help pay for the fencing around the dog runs. The Ceremony ended with the unveiling of the new sign at the main dog run and agility area, renamed in honor of The Harlan Fischer Family.

“I would like to personally Thank the Fischer’s and their whole family. To make a contribution like this for our animals… you can see how much they love it… We have all the gratitude in the world for your generosity. I’m honored to be here with you today.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim

“I thank Mr. Harlan & Olivia Fischer, who donated the fence to secure the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter Dog Park… There is one person to thank for this major change, and that is John Valentine who guided us all toward a new philosophy and for that, I am eternally grateful. Our Parks Department & Joe Arico have done an absolutely amazing job designing, creating & building a dog park that will bring years of joy to our shelter dogs!” - Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo, Liaison to the Animal Shelter

About the Dog Park:

The Parks Department crew under Joe Arico’s leadership helped to build the dog runs, removed all of the dead trees, brush and debris, installed the fence, added an in-ground sprinkler system, repaired the pen areas and the gates. The Highway Department, under the direction of Robert Murphy graded and paved the parking area, creating over 20 stalls, saving the town $25,000.

“I am extremely impressed by the positive changes the Smithtown Animal has made over the last year. When a community comes together, great things happen.” - Charmaine DeRosa

After the Dog Run Ceremony, Chief John Valentine conducted a walk-thru of the shelter, where many of the elected officials and animal advocates stayed and played with the rescue animals. Chief Valentine narrated the tour beginning with the Veterinary Medical Intake room, into the indoor/Outdoor dog kennels, Meet and Greet rooms, Cat Condo and Cat Room areas and the all new Kitten Playroom. Warm refreshments and continental breakfast was served in the Administration Area of the shelter after the tour.

Tuesday
Sep112018

Smithtown Pets Of The Week

Smithtown Pets of the Week

LOKI - A MIRACLE STORY

Smithtown NY: The Smithtown Animal and Adoption Center is please to announce LOKI is this week’s “Pet of the Week” in a special Foster to Adopt case. After months of around the clock care and TLC, we are thrilled to announce that Loki is back to his usual playful self. This 5 ½ year old, Male/Neutered Lab/Shepherd mix is the world’s most perfect family dog. He will gladly sit and roll over around kids with open bags of snacks in anticipation of a belly rub instead of treats. He loves playing with stuffed animals, burying his favorite toys and wants nothing more than to wake up next to his soulmate for the rest of time.

Loki came back to the shelter a few months ago. This usually very lovable and playful boy was not himself. The resident Vet ran a number of tests and bloodwork and quickly diagnosed Loki with Aspergillosis, a very deadly infection in his nasal canal. Thanks to a quick diagnosis, Loki received the surgical procedure that is 85% curative on the first treatment. He was nursed back to health and hand fed by the Kennel Attendants and has begun to put on the weight he lost before he was returned. Loki’s will to survive tells us that he is meant for greatness. We’re looking to place him in a home where he can truly thrive and be loved by a family all his own.

Loki has a few more check-ups but is on the path to a full recovery. He is fully vaccinated and microchipped. A Foster to Adopt situation, means that the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center will work closely with the family that takes Loki in, to ensure he is doing well in his new environment. They will take him to his doctor visits and assist with any medications until Loki has made a full recovery.

If you are interested in meeting Loki or any of the wonderful rescue dogs at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center, please call ahead to book an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes our Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs and our Dog Walk trail.

 

KITTENS: Currently there are a variety of male and female kittens available to adopt or foster, from redheads to cobalt blue, calico and tortoiseshell domestic short-hair and long… If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop in at the Smithtown Animal Shelter today and find your PURR-fect soulmate or two! All kittens (and cats) are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam ect) by a board certified Veterinarian. In addition to these two playful brothers, the Animal Shelter has a variety of kittens available for adoption (or to foster) in addition to older, wiser and loving cats.

 

Thinking About Adoption: The Smithtown Animal & Adoption Centers primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets or the household itself.

 

To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.


Friday
Aug312018

Pets - PetSmart Recalls Strip Lights For Reptile Cages

 

1. PetSmart Recalls Strip Lights for Reptile Cages Due to Fire Hazard:  https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/PetSmart-Recalls-Strip-Lights-for-Reptile-Cages-Due-to-Fire-Hazard
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 1. PetSmart Recalls Strip Lights for Reptile Cages Due to Fire Hazard: 
Recall Date: August 30, 2018
Recall Number: 18-212
 
Recall Summary
 
Name of Product: Reptile strip light fixtures
  
Hazard: The strip light’s fluorescent bulb can overheat causing the hood on the light fixture to ignite, posing a fire hazard.
 
Remedy: Refund
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled light fixtures and return them to any PetSmart store for a full refund. 
 
Consumer Contact: 
PetSmart toll-free at 888-839-9638 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.petsmart.com and click on “Recalls” for more information.

 
Pictures available here:   

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/PetSmart-Recalls-Strip-Lights-for-Reptile-Cages-Due-to-Fire-Hazard

 
 
Recall Details
 
Units: 
About 23,000 (in addition, about 440 were sold in Canada)

Description:
This recall involves 20 inch and 30 inch All Living Things reptile strip light fixtures. These light fixtures simulate natural daylight and are attached to the top of the reptile’s terrarium.  The 20 inch fixture has UPC number 73725773305 and the 30 inch fixture has UPC number 73725773306 printed on the packaging. 
Incidents/Injuries:
PetSmart has received six reports of the hood on the recalled light fixtures igniting.


Sold At:
PetSmart stores nationwide from March 2017 through July 2018 for about $35 (20 inch) and $40 (30 inch). 
 
Manufacturer(s):
Tianjin McLanzoo Pet Articles, of Tianjin, China
Importer(s):

PetSmart, Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz.

Manufactured In:
China

 

Wednesday
Aug222018

Pet Of The Week - Maple

Smithtown NY: The Smithtown Animal and Adoption Center is proud to introduce this week’s Pet of the Week, Maple, a 1 year old spayed pocket pit. She’s as sweet as her name, very well mannered, and impossible to resist. Maple has the most gorgeous eyes and big giant ears that stand straight up. She is a unique character in a class all of her own!

Maple is available for adoption at the Smithtown Animal and Adoption CenterMaple is healthy, fully vaccinated and microchipped. If you are interested in meeting Maple or any of the wonderful rescue dogs at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center, please call ahead to book an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes our Meet and Greet Room, dog runs, and our Dog Walk trail.

The shelter currently has a whole litter of Polydactyl (aka Hemingway) kittens currently up for adoption! Many are named after ball players because of their mitts. Meet Duke, Earl, and Dutchess!

All kittens (and cats) are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam ect) by a board certified Veterinarian. The Smithtown Animal Shelter has a variety of kittens available for adoption or foster in addition to older, wiser and loving cats. 

Currently there are a variety of male and female kittens available to adopt or foster, from redheads to cobalt blue, calico and tortoiseshell domestic short-hair and long… If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop in at the Smithtown Animal Shelter today and find your PURR-fect soulmate or two!

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets or the household itself. 

 

Summer hours at Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM and Saturday 8AM - 4:00PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.

Saturday
Aug182018

Success! Record Number Of Endangered Piping Plover 

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced that the County’s 2018 Piping Plover Conservation Program has resulted in a record number of successful piping plover pairs and fledges this summer while retaining recreational opportunities for outer beach enthusiasts at Smith Point County Park.

In prior years, a vast majority of the outer beach area at Smith Point County Park was closed for public access to protect the plover breeding grounds. Realizing the importance of enhancing public access to the popular outer beach, the Department of Parks and Recreation updated its Endangered Species Protection Program with the goal of complying with federal conservation laws while fostering greater public access to the outer beach.

“Through careful planning and enhanced monitoring of the federally-protected plover, we were able to strike a balance to protect the plover while enhancing access to the outer beach for our four-wheel drive enthusiasts,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “I would like to commend all those involved in the protection efforts and also the general public for their cooperation and understanding.”

When first launched in 1997, the Endangered Species Protection Program resulted in 32 pairs of plovers producing 28 fledges. This year’s numbers produced 62 pairs with 100 fledges, the highest number of fledges in the program’s history.Now that the fledglings are grown, the outer beach has been returned to full access to the public and four-wheel drive beach vehicle enthusiasts.

Plover Facts

Once chicks become mobile, the need to protect becomes a greater challenge for the stewards and partial beach closures are necessary. However, with careful daily monitoring, the closures are lifted whenever possible to accommodate greater public access.

The implementation of protective measures such as installing string fencing, barricades and predator enclosures, careful monitoring and Park Ranger enforcement of restricted areas enable the fledging process to progress naturally and undeterred. The loss a nest due to human or predator intervention may result in the plover pairs re-nesting thus re-starting the nest-to-fledge cycle.

 

Tuesday
Aug142018

Pet Of The Week - Lilac

LilacThe Smithtown Animal and Adoption Center is proud to introduce this week’s Pet of the Week, Lilac a 4 year old Boxer. Lilac & her brother Rocky lost their home when their owner suffered a stroke. Lilac like any smart gal is a little cautious before she shows you any affection. Once Lilac trusts you, she is as sweet as the flower she’s named after. Lilac is well mannered, obedient, loyal, and so pleasant that you can’t help but fall head over heels in love with her. Lilac gets along with most other dogs, however she is not a fan of cats.

Lilac is healthy, fully vaccinated and microchipped. If you are interested in meeting Lilac or any of the wonderful rescue dogs at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center, please call ahead to book an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes our Meet and Greet Room, dog runs, and our Dog Walk trail.

The shelter currently has a whole litter of Polydactyl (aka Hemingway) kittens currently up for adoption! They’re all named after ball players because of their mitts. This adorable little girl is Baby Ruth!

All kittens (and cats) are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam ect) by a board certified Veterinarian. The Smithtown Animal Shelter has a variety of kittens available for adoption or foster in addition to older, wiser and loving cats.

Currently there are a variety of male and female kittens available to adopt or foster, from redheads to cobalt blue, calico and tortoiseshell domestic short-hair and long… If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop in at the Smithtown Animal Shelter today and find your PURR-fect soulmate or two!

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets or the household itself.

Summer hours at Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM and Saturday 8AM - 4:00PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.

Tuesday
Aug072018

Smithtown Animal And Adoption Center Pet Of The Week

The Smithtown Animal and Adoption Center is proud to introduce this week’s Pet of the Week, Hope. This female/spayed 2 year old American Bulldog mix has a huge heart and an even bigger personality. She will keep you laughing all day long and is as sweet as she is comical. We are fairly sure that Hope was not treated very well in her former life, but you would never know it based on her grateful and affectionate demeanor. Adopting Hope means sloppy wet kisses all day long, afternoons filled with playtime and nights sharing the majority of the bed.

Hope is healthy, fully vaccinated and microchipped. If you are interested in meeting Hope or any of the wonderful rescue dogs at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center, please call ahead to book an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes our Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs and our Dog Walk trail.

Meet Sandra and Olivia, two 16 weeks old sisters who have bonded together and would love nothing more than to be adopted together. These sisters are “dogs trapped in cat bodies” full of fun, affection and personality. All kittens (and cats) are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam ect) by a board certified Veterinarian. In addition to these two playful brothers, the Animal Shelter has a variety of kittens available for adoption (or to foster) in addition to older, wiser and loving cats.

Currently there are a variety of male and female kittens available to adopt or foster, from redheads to cobalt blue, calico and tortoiseshell domestic short-hair and long… If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop in at the Smithtown Animal Shelter today and find your PURR-fect soulmate or two!

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal & Adoption Centers primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with other family members, pets or the household itself.

Summer hours at Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM and Saturday 8AM - 4:00PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.

Thursday
Jul262018

DEC Seeks Volunteers For Summer Wild Turkey Survey

DEC Seeks Participants for 2018 Summer Wild Turkey Survey

 

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in a survey for wild turkeys.

“Citizen science efforts like the Summer Turkey Sighting Survey provide DEC’s wildlife managers with invaluable data while giving New Yorkers the opportunity to partner with us and help monitor New York’s wildlife resources,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I encourage residents to take the time to record any observations of turkeys while exploring the forests and fields around their homes or driving through the state’s beautiful landscapes this summer.”

Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to track wild turkey populations and estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during the breeding and brood-rearing seasons can all significantly impact nest success, hen survival, and poult survival. This index allows DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.

During August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel. Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form along with instructions and the data sheet from DEC’s website. In addition, survey cards can be obtained by contacting a regional DEC office, calling (518) 402-8883, or e-mailing wildlife@dec.ny.gov (type “Turkey Survey” in the subject line). Participants can also submit observations on-line. Visit the DEC website link above and click “Summer Wild Turkey Sighting On-line Report.”

Additional information is available on the DEC website at the below direct links: