Arizona turkey hunters asked to give virus research a leg up

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(Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)

Arizona wildlife officials are asking spring turkey hunters to consider donating a part of their kill for research.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department said Friday that it has been monitoring the state's wild turkey population for a possible virus.

With turkey-hunting season starting next week, officials are asking hunters, including youth hunters, to give one of the bird's legs or heart.

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They can be turned in to any of the department's regional offices.

The legs and hearts should be stored in a sealable plastic bag in the freezer.

According to the agency, wild turkeys can develop the Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus that can turn into a deadly cancer.

The disease does not affect humans.

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