The Aug. 30 Spokesman-Review featured a story on the exploding turkey population on the South Hill and problems it is causing. The article describes unsuccessful efforts of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to address the overpopulation. It further notes that turkeys are not native to our region and that initial efforts to introduce them did not succeed. It was only when WDWF “teamed with the National Wild Turkey Federation for an aggressive introduction program” that success was achieved.
Let me make sure I’ve got this straight: the WDWF became the instrument of a self-serving private entity to spend taxpayer money to forcibly introduce an invasive species that now has become a serious pest and now is spending more taxpayer money in bootless efforts to reduce the population.
Who are the turkeys?