The next 300 years ushered in the purposeful destruction of forests and wild nature in the east (along with its aboriginal peoples).
Local settlers then exterminated additional species down the food chain: bobcat, river otter, beaver, wild turkey, red fox and gray fox.
The wild turkey, a much-loved game bird, was hunted to extinction through many of the eastern states by the end of the 19th century.
As a child I could only dream of seeing a wild turkey.
These days, the big game birds appear in suburban back yards, the aggressive gobblers insolently stalking wary residents.

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