WILDLIFE -- Wild turkeys are found across Idaho, and there’s even an open hunting season on them right now in the Panhandle Region and portions of the Clearwater.
But wild turkeys are not native to the state.
Merriam's strain turkeys were introduced by the Idaho Fish & Game Department in 1961, a move that was a common part of wildlife management in the state at the time. The Fish & Game photo above shows the first turkey release in '61.
S-R reporter Betsy Russell has more on her Eye on Boise blog.
The Idaho Fish and Game Department is celebrating its 75th anniversary with daily web posts about its history in wildlife management.