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Illinois DNR: Flooding affects wildlife too

DEKALB (AP) — Illinois conservation experts say widespread flooding in the state can have an impact on wildlife.

Tim Schweizer is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He tells WNIJ radio in DeKalb (http://bit.ly/ZuIYMo ) that motorists may see more deer and wild turkey. He says that's because the water will displace the animals and force them to roam closer to roads.

Illinois water fowl and wild turkeys also are nesting during this time of year. Schweizer says the DNR won't intervene with nesting when there is flooding. He says that's because the birds still have time to build new nests when waters recede.

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