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Tue., Nov. 26, 2013, 10:37 a.m.

Wild turkeys didn’t come naturally to Idaho

Idaho Fish & Game releases the first wild turkeys in Idaho in 1961 as part of an introduction program aimed at providing hunting opportunities; wild turkeys are now abundant in the state, though they're not native. (Idaho Fish & Game)
Idaho Fish & Game releases the first wild turkeys in Idaho in 1961 as part of an introduction program aimed at providing hunting opportunities; wild turkeys are now abundant in the state, though they're not native. (Idaho Fish & Game)

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.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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