Canada Wild turkey blamed for serious crash between motorcycle and truck on southern Ontario highway

01:55  19 april  2017
01:55  19 april  2017 Source:   National Post

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A wild turkey was the cause of a potentially fatal crash between a motorcycle and a truck on Highway 3 on Tuesday morning, say OPP.

According to police, the motorcyclist — driving a BMW bike — was in the eastbound lanes around 7:30 a.m. when the bike struck the large bird on the roadway.

The collision caused the motorcyclist to lose control and veer into the oncoming lanes — striking a westbound International tractor trailer.

The motorcyclist suffered injuries described as life-threatening and was rushed to an area hospital.

The truck driver wasn’t hurt.

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The Tecumseh fire department said the collision occurred just east of the intersection with Oldcastle Road.

Many commuters and other motorists had to be re-routed as OPP shut down Highway 3 in both directions from Walker Road to Sexton Side Road.

The roadway was opened again around 2 p.m.

OPP said the hours of closure were necessary for traffic collision investigators to examine the scene.

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Wild turkeys in Ontario average in size around 18 pounds for males and eight pounds for females.

Early spring is their breeding season, when they engage in courtship in fields and open areas near woodlands. They are most likely to be seen in the early morning and the late afternoon — their feeding times.

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The species was almost wiped out from the province in 1909 as a result of unregulated hunting and loss of habitat.

In 1984, the provincial government embarked on programs to restore the turkey population. By 2007, the Ministry of Natural Resources estimated the total number of wild turkeys in Ontario at more than 70,000 and rising.

As part of population management, hunting of turkeys is permitted in Ontario every spring from April 25 to May 31, as well as every fall from Oct. 10 to Oct. 22.

The spring turkey hunt is typically the larger and more significant of the two hunting seasons. Last year, more than 7,100 turkeys were harvested across the province during the spring, and 199 were taken during the fall.

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